The international community has come to realize that only an integrated and holistic response to the issue of landmine contamination, and its multi-faceted humanitarian and socio-economic consequences, is capable of bringing real and lasting benefits to those who are to be considered at risk from these weapons. Indeed, such integrated mine action initiatives can not purely be limited to field based programmes in those countries where a humanitarian disaster has already occurred due to landmine contamination. The United Nations and other leading practitioners in the sector of mine action have long acknowledged that advocacy at the international level is also required of those who concern themselves with the plight of mine affected communities, most of whom are marginalised–even within their own societies–and lack any sort of collective voice.
"The United Nations and Humanitarian Mine Action,"
The Journal of Humanitarian Demining
: Vol. 1
, Article 4.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol1/iss1/4