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New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance, Conventional Weapons Destruction
April 2, 2020

To Walk the Earth in Safety: New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs released the 19th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.  For over 20 years, the United States leads the international donor community in promoting peace and security by partnering with nations to reduce the availability of excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise at-risk small arms and light weapons and munitions, as well as address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries.

The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction, investing over $3.7 billion in more than 100 countries since 1993.  In 2019, the United States funded conventional weapons destruction efforts in 58 countries.  Our assistance – that of the United States government and our global partners – is crucial to building a more safe, secure and prosperous world.  Thanks to strong bipartisan funding support from Congress, the Department of State looks forward to continuing this important work with other donor countries, those impacted by conflict, and the brave men and women who work in the field to secure at-risk weapons and munitions and clear landmines and other explosive hazards.

For more information please consult the PM website or to request a printed copy of To Walk the Earth in Safety, please contact the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, at pm-cpa@state.gov, and follow us on Twitter @StateDeptPM.