The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), is a coordination agency with the UN. It is located within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), in New York. UNMAS coordinaters mine action activities at global and field levels to allow for the return of land that is safe and conducive to development to individuals and communities.
UNMAS advocates for a world free of landmines and ERW, including cluster munitions, and for the full enjoyment of human rights by victims of these weapons. Along with inter-agency and civil society partners, as well as concerned UN Member States, UNMAS has called for the universal adoption and implementation of the anti-personnel mine-ban treaty. UNMAS attempted to visit Myanmar/Burma several times during the past decade, but this is the first time the visit has been successful.
According to the government run New Light of Myanmar, new UNMAS director, Ms. Agnès Marcaillou, together with representatives of UNDP and UNICEF met in Naypyitaw with Deputy Minister for Border Affairs Maj-Gen Zaw Win, Director-General U Myo Hlaing of the Education and Training Department, Deputy Director-General U Soe Tint of the Progress of Border Areas and National Races Department, Deputy Director-General U Myint Oo of the Rural Area Development Department- all from the same ministry, to discuss the possibility of mine clearance within the country.