New approaches to the organization of humanitarian demining of Ukrainian territory were discussed during the meeting of First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy of Ukraine Yuliia Svyrydenko with UNDP Mine Action Coordinator in Ukraine Paul Heslop.
“Ukraine seeks to speed up humanitarian demining of territories. In particular, we are working on creating a demining market, attracting more non-governmental operators as well as strengthening the capacities of government institutions. One of the key issues, the solution of which will allow us to speed up, is the arrangement of clear coordination of work and reasonable use of available resources. UNDP has considerable experience in organizing demining processes in various countries. And we hope for the assistance and support of the Development Programme in this regard,” said Yuliia Svyrydenko.
The meeting, among other things, discussed ways of optimizing the work of non-governmental operators, solving current problems, working out solutions that will allow more effective use of the potential of demining units. The parties also discussed the issues of planning survey, demining or clearing of territories, zoning of territories and demining priorities.
The First Deputy Prime Minister – Minister of Economy of Ukraine familiarized the UNDP Mine Action Coordinator with the current work on surveying and clearing the territory of Ukraine, the needs for equipment, institutional and financial support.
Yuliia Svyrydenko expressed gratitude to UNDP in the person of Paul Heslop for the initiative and implementation of a number of projects in Ukraine, in particular, in the field of demining. The First Deputy Prime Minister emphasized Ukraine’s interest in strengthening cooperation in this area.
As a reminder, at the initiative of UNDP, a project is being currently implemented in Ukraine to engage global companies with advanced demining technologies in clearing the territory of our state. Companies with modern technologies for remote surveying of territories have the opportunity to test their equipment in conditions close to real ones. According to the results of such testing, the equipment and technologies that will prove their effectiveness will be engaged in humanitarian demining of Ukrainian territory.