The APPG on Explosive Weapons was invited to present to the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors at the UN in Geneva in February.
Addressing the meeting, Roger called for closer collaboration between Parliamentarians from around the world to address the humanitarian impacts of the use of explosive weapons.
Mr Mullin said:
There must be stronger international action to protect the most vulnerable citizens, particularly children, from the aftermath of conflict. Too many civilians are killed by landmines and other explosive devices after conflict is supposed to have ended. In 2014 there were over 3,408 casualties from explosive weapons, over 80% were civilians including 202 children.“In these modern times, it is more important than ever to see oneself as a global citizen, and for me personally as a global parliamentarian.“It is no longer the case where countries and communities can be isolationist.“The situation in Syria provides ample evidence of the fact that a Middle East conflict directly affects the lives of Scottish communities. I am extremely proud that we in Scotland were the first to welcome refugees from that awful conflict.
I was elected to represent the people of Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, yet the responsibility I have to my constituents has to include working on the global stage to ensure that things like the simmering animosities in western Africa for example, do not lead to violent and criminal activity impacting on those constituents.“Personally I also feel that my position as a parliamentarian gives me a responsibility for the welfare of those unfortunate enough to be born into unstable and conflict wracked communities.
Politicians from around the world need to feel this responsibility too, and to work together – both in an official diplomatic capacity and in a concerned individual way – to bring change to areas where governance and accountability are thin on the ground.“Through promoting understanding and communication; through promoting trade and cultural exchange; through promoting diplomatic and political dialogue, parliamentarians can support the efforts of peace builders and aid agencies – but we need you to work with us and not always assume that a politician is a problem.
Chaired by Agnes Marcaillou, Director of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the meeting was jointly organised by the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA) and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).
During the meeting Roger Mullin MP had one to one meetings with Agnes Marcaillou, Director of United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and Guy Rhodes, Director of Operations with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, (GICHD) and with representatives of UK Mine Action charities the HALO Trust and MAG.