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In his opening speech at the 17th Session of ITF Board of Advisors meeting M.Sc. Vasja Klavora, M.D., Deputy President of National Assembly of Republic of Slovenia called donors to continue with their financial support of ITF’s activities in order to ensure continuous implementation of demining programmes in the region of South East Europe. Continuous implementation of demining projects is of paramount importance to ITF. This symbolizes ITF’s common goal – a mine free region of SEE. And this is what people living in mine-contaminated areas expect from ITF.  




By 28 November 2006, ITF managed to raise donations in the amount of USD 28,739,539.78 for Mine Action projects and programs.  Donations were made by following donors: Adopt-a-Minefield, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brčko District Government, Canada, Canton Goražde, Canton Sarajevo – Ministry of Urban Planning and Environmental Protection, Cimermacic Zdenka, Czech Republic, DanChurchAid, European Union, EC Delegation in Croatia, Germany, Government of Central Bosnian Canton, Handicap International, Hungary, Ireland, Kampos Iztok, Landmine Survivors Network, MARASKA D.D., Marshall Legacy Institute, Mobitel d.d., Municipality Ilidža, Night of a thousand Dinners, Norway, Raiffeisen Krekova Banka d.d., Rotary Club International Calvia, Rotary Club Wien-Nordost, Slovenia, Slovenian Table Tennis Association, Switzerland, The Government of Republic of Serbia, The Department for International Development-DFID, The Kingdom of Spain, United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), United Nations Development Programme and United States of America. Roughly 93.3% of donations came from public, while 6.7% from private sources. The percentage of private funds in 2006 represents a significant rise, compared with 4.1% of ITF annual average of private donations raised.




Overview summary of ITF activities in period January-September 2006:



USD were raised by ITF


USD allocated to the various ITF project activities


square meters of land in SEE cleared through ITF


children and adults included in MRE projects


mine survivors directly involved in MVA projects


trainings in the field of MVA


public and private donors


tenders for mine- and UXO clearance published


MDD teams trained


beneficiary countries in SEE and South Caucasus


SEE and SC countries received structure support


country – Macedonia – became a Mine Free in SEE




ITF demining and technical survey results achieved from January to November 2006


199 demining and technical survey projects have been already finished or being carried out at the moment totaling 8.062.655 square meters (more on demining results, more on technical survey results)


Board of Advisors (BOA) session was held on 22 November, 2006  at the Grand Union Hotel in Ljubljana


The ITF Intermediate Report 2006 and guidelines for 2007 were presented at the meeting. At the same time the members were introduced with the Value Added Tax (VAT) problem that ITF is facing in Bosnia in Herzegovina.


ITF Intermediate Report 2006 Published


In November 2006 ITF Intermediate Report was published, comprising of the following parts:  Introduction, Donation report, Description of ITF activities by country in period from January to September 2006, ITF regional activities and description of other ITF activities. ITF demining reports for year 2006 by country are enclosed in the Addendum.


The 16th SEEMACC session held on 25 October 2006


The 16th SEEMACC session was held in Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia. The purpose of the meeting was the continuation of cooperation in the field of mine action in the region of South East Europe in accordance with the Agreement on the Establishment.


Macedonia achieved mine free status


On 15 September 2006 the Republic of Macedonia has fulfilled its obligation under Article 5 of Ottawa Convention regarding the destruction of anti-personnel mines in mined areas on the territory under its control and jurisdiction.




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