April 4th is the United Nations' International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action. The occasion provides an opportunity for the world to reflect on both the progress made, and the challenges that remain, in clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance, which still endanger civilians in more than 60 states and other areas.
The United States is working closely with partners worldwide to address this serious humanitarian challenge which puts innocent people, including many children, at risk.
The United States is the world's single largest financial supporter of efforts to address humanitarian hazards from landmines and unexploded ordnance in post-conflict countries, and to reduce the availability of excess, loosely-secured, or otherwise at-risk weapons and munitions.
Since 1993, the United States has invested more than 2.9 billion dollars for the securing and safe disposal of excess small arms, light weapons, and munitions, as well as the safe clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war in more than 100 countries.
The United States has funded programs worldwide aimed at reducing at-risk weapons and munitions, and at improving stockpile security. The goal is to prevent diversion of arms to terrorists and other destabilizing actors.
Through the conventional weapons destruction program, the U.S. government has collaborated with partner nations and international organizations since 2003 to destroy more than 39,000 excess or poorly-secured man-portable air-defense systems. Also known as MANPADS, these are shoulder-fired missiles that, in the hands of terrorists or insurgents, pose a serious potential threat to global aviation.
Proactive community outreach through our Mine Risk Education programs have prevented countless injuries. At the same time, U.S.-funded Survivor Assistance has provided essential medical and rehabilitation services to more than 250,000 people injured by landmines and unexploded ordnance.
Working in close cooperation with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Agency for International Development's Leahy War Victims Fund, the Department of State has helped numerous countries to declare themselves mine free.
On this day of mine awareness, we urge other nations to join us in a robust international partnership with the shared goal of reducing the impact of landmines around the world.
1. ... to reflect on both the progress made, and the challenges that remain, in clearing landmines and unexploded ordnance,
reflect on 思考，反思
Please reflect upon what I have told you.
2. ... the U.S. government has collaborated with partner nations and international organizations since 2003
collaborate with 与……合作/协作
Will you collaborate with me to finish the project?
美国为全球的多个项目提供资金，旨在减少构成危险的武器和军火，以及提升武器库存的安全性 。这样做的目的是阻止武器流入恐怖分子等破坏稳定的人手中 。
通过破坏常规武器的项目，自2003年以来，美国政府已经与多个伙伴国家和国际组织合作，以破坏3.9万多个不是过量就是管理不力的防空系统，这些系统可随身携带 。这种系统又称便携式防空系统(MANPADS)，是架在肩上就能使用的导弹 。一旦落入恐怖分子或叛乱分子的手中，就会对全球航空安全构成严重威胁 。
通过警惕地雷危险教育项目，我们进行了积极地社群联络工作，阻止了无数可能发生的受伤事件 。与此同时，由美国资助的幸存者援助金已经为25万多名因地雷和未燃爆军火而受伤的人提供了必要的医疗康复服务 。