On 5th August 2014, the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan (MACCA), an UNMAS project, held an open day at its headquarters in Kabul. The day was divided into two sessions, morning and afternoon, and provided an opportunity for participants to explore MACCA, and receive in-depth briefings on its key functions and role within the broader context of the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan. Attendants included representatives of the Afghan Government, diplomatic missions, UN agencies, civil society organisations and the private sector.
“The MACCA Open Day proved very informative for us. I was fascinated and impressed by the synergy, high visibility and transparency of MACCA’s work. It was pleasing to see how MACCA is working closely with the Government of Afghanistan, its implementing partners and UN agencies. I would say it is quite an achievement.” Nina Seahra, First Secretary (Development) ‐ Embassy of Canada.
“I found the event very interesting. It was a good opportunity for us to get a better understanding of what MACCA, UNMAS, and the Afghan Government have achieved for mine action in Afghanistan.” Ben Kybert, First Secretary (Development) ‐ Embassy of Australia.
The day allowed MACCA to showcase its key activities and share the successes to which donors have contributed, as it drives the MAPA towards the ultimate goal of a mine free Afghanistan by 2023. The schedule included a brief welcome and introductory remarks from the MACCA Director, the DMC Director and the UNMAS Programme Manger; a presentation highlighting MACCA’s role and functions, its achievements so far and future objectives; an exhibition of decommissioned ordnance and equipment used across the many mine action activities; and a tour of the office during which the Operations, Quality Management, Planning and Programme, Victim Assistance, Mine Risk Education and Gender departments gave presentations followed by questions and answers.