Although significant progress has been made in the last fifteen years, thousands of people continue to be affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war. From preventing the safe use of land to inhibiting economic development and presenting risks of personal injury, these weapons impact all aspects of everyday life and pose humanitarian, security, and development risks around the world. The Bureau of Political-Military Affairs launched the 2015 To Walk the Earth in Safety report, hosted by the Stimson Center, November 2, 2015.
The United States is the world leader in financing efforts to reduce these threats, and has contributed over $2.5 billion in mine action support and conventional weapons destruction programs since 1993. The report highlights the breadth of programs undertaken by the United States around the world. The event featured a keynote address from Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller.