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Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)


Geneva, Switzerland

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Short description

GICHD, established in 1998, is an international expert organization working towards the elimination of anti-personnel mines, cluster munitions, ERW, and other explosive hazards, such as potentially unsafe ammunition stockpiles.

UEMS-related activities

GICHD initially focused on supporting international efforts to combat anti-personnel landmines and help implement the Ottawa Convention. It has subsequently expanded its efforts to support implementation of the Conventions on Cluster Munitions (CCM) and Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). GICHD provides advice, supports capacity-building initiatives, undertakes applied research, disseminates knowledge and best practice, and develops standards. More recently its technical ammunition specialist, together with an extensive network of partner institutions, has undertaken a GICHD-led project to start to address problematic munitions stockpiles and UEMS. GICHD is producing a low-cost system to implement effective ammunition safety management (ASM) in developing countries. This ASM support would include the training of national authorities by GICHD staff. The GICHD ASM ‘toolset’, which was under development in 2013, is set to be tested and made available in 2014.

Adherents to commitments and recipients of assistance

In addition to serving as permanent secretary, GICHD follows and promotes adherence to International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), and—of greater relevance to countering UEMS—the more recent International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). GICHD can assess and evaluate a country’s ammunition-related organizations and, if necessary, can steer those organizations through a suitable improvement programme. GICHD offers expert advice and assistance on ammunition- and explosive-related topics to any nation which requests it.

Publications and materials of note

  • GICHD. 2002. Explosive Remnants of War (ERW): A Threat Analysis.

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