James Bond joins demining efforts


JAMES Bond actor Daniel Craig will virtually attend the launch of Cambodia’s first Safe Ground tomorrow in a live online event organised by United Nations Development Programme Cambodia (UNDP).

UNDP said Craig is the UN Global Advocate for the Elimination of Mines and Explosive Hazards.

During the online event Craig will speak about why he cares so deeply about this issue and what further efforts can be made to end the scourge of landmines which still claim thousands of civilian lives each year.

UNDP resident representative Nick Beresford said the event has been organised to support Cambodia’s goal to achieve mine-free status by 2025.

Craig will be speaking with Cambodian Mine Action Authority (CMAA) first vice-president Ly Thuch for the virtual event.

Beresford said the Safe Ground campaign turns minefields into playing fields children.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres launched the five-year Safe Ground campaign on April 4,2019, as part of that year’s International Mine Awareness Day, which has been observed annually since 2005.

The Safe Ground campaign will be launched in a small village in Battambang province at Stoeng Toch Krom primary school, which is located on a former minefield.

Thuch told The Post on Tuesday that Cambodia is happy to have such a celebrity to help raise awareness of the impact of mines and to raise funds to support demining activities.“We have been working with UNDP and they invited Daniel Craig. He wanted to visit Cambodia but due to Covid-19 (UNDP) were forced to go online, ” Thuch said.

The presence of “James Bond” at the Safe Ground event is meant to serve as a wakeup call to donors around the globe to consider the impacts of explosive remnants of war and to support Cambodia’s demining efforts. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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