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16
Apr
2015

Daniel Craig’s Appointment as United Nations Global Advocate for Landmines

Find A Better Way has welcomed the appointment of Bond actor Daniel Craig on his appointment by the UN as the first advocate for the elimination of mines and explosive hazards.  Commenting on the appointment, Rob White, CEO said “We are delighted to learn of Daniel Craig’s appointment to this new prestigious UN role. Every day, 10 people are killed or injured by landmines or unexploded weapons and this appointment will help to further raise the awareness of this ongoing humanitarian issue.”

Craig’s appointment followed his recent encounter with the legacy of unexploded ordnance whilst filming in Cambodia. It is through the same first-hand experience in Cambodia that Sir Bobby Charlton was driven to founding Find A Better Way. He was of the strong belief that improvements in demining equipment and techniques must be possible by scientific advances delivered through the excellence of UK research and development.

We support  ground-breaking technological research at a number of leading UK universities and are whole-heartedly committed to delivering solutions that will have a far reaching and sustainable impact.  As a charity we currently have nine research projects in place, with the SEMIS project at the University of Manchester having developed a method of combining ground penetrating radar (GRP) with the latest in metal characterisation techniques. This has the potential to discriminate between mine and metallic clutter in real time, thus transforming landmine detection.

In addition, we also recently unveiled our commitment to the RESOLVE project led by Imperial College London into the regeneration of limbs for survivors of landmine and other explosive trauma accidents.  The Chancellor has committed £10m over five years to spearhead key areas of the RESOLVE programme, and to support other activities in the charity.

Over the next 12 months, we are looking forward to seeing our research projects develop further and are confident through the continued efforts of our donors, other landmine charities, NGOs and now the UN will help raise awareness of the ongoing danger caused by landmines.