Korean International Cooperation Agency announces new initiative to remove land mines in the Mekong region
At the Korea-Mekong Peace and Development Forum on November 8 2019, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) announced a new initiative to remove land mines. This initiative targets four countries in the Mekong region, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. It will run from 2020 to 2030 and will include four programs in the affected regions:
- Remove land mines and build the capacity of relevant agencies and stakeholders;
- Protect human rights of those with disabilities by improving their access to medical services etc;
- Promote income generation by developing regional rural development strategies; and
- Promote cross-cutting issues including gender equality, women’s empowerment, and responses to climate change.