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Bond actor Daniel Craig launch Safe Ground project in Cambodia

By: Anders Frejdh
Published:
2021-01-24
Daniel Craig launch Safe Ground project in Cambodi
After meeting James Bond actor Daniel Craig a few times over the years, we already know he's a good human being. This insight was further strengthened in 2015 when he become the official spokesperson for one of the world's most important projects: The removal of all mines in Cambodia. And the other day he launched a Safe Ground project for UNDP Cambodia.

The project had to be virtually kicked off due to the COVID-19 pandemic as Daniel Craig, officially UN Global advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards, couldn't travel to Cambodia as originally planned. Instead, he joined in via Zoom from his home in New York.

“Landmines don't know when war is over. They continue to kill.”


Apart from Daniel, His Excellency Ly Thuch, First Vice President, Cambodia Mine Action Authority, and Asako Okai, Assistant Secretary General, UNDP, also participated in the official launch.

Welcome Remarks by the UN Resident Coordinator Pauline Tamesis


“Friends,

We are excited to be with you this evening at the launch of the Cambodia Safe Ground Initiative. The seeds for Safe Ground in Cambodia was planted in May 2019 during the Annual Dialogue of the United Nations with the Prime Minister.

Cambodia’s efforts on mine action needed sustained global attention.

The Royal Government believes that mine action reduces poverty, makes zero hunger, access to education and peace a reality. So much so that Government designated an 18th Sustainable Development Goal and targeted to be mine free by 2025.

This 18th Cambodian SDG is even more significant when we consider the disastrous consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable Cambodians.

The essential work of demining did not stop in Cambodia, even while business slowed down, and government focused on containing the pandemic.

Managing the pandemic and clearing mines are both about saving lives and livelihoods. It is also about using the crisis as an opportunity to build back better by standing up for human rights. Stepping up assistance to victims and clearing land for agriculture, productive activity and even children’s playing fields pave the way for Cambodians to reimagine future possibilities.

I congratulate the Royal Government on a strong, forward-looking and ambitious National Mine Action Strategy, which set the course for the country to be mine-free in four years.

With a clear deadline in sight, now is the time to bolster support for Cambodians to live in a safe environment, and where no one is left behind.

If UN Cambodia planted the seeds in 2019, Safe Ground with this launch, mobilizes awareness sorely needed to achieve a mine free Cambodia by 2025.

Thank you Mr. Craig, for lending your name to Cambodia’s hopes for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable future!”

Watch the full launch video with Daniel Craig on Facebook.

Daniel Craig visited an active minefield in Cyprus 2015
Daniel Craig visited an active minefield in Cyprus 2015. Photograph from UNMAS. All rights reserved.

To read more about this important project, visit The Official United Nations Cambodia website.

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