Barbados moves forward with implementation of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap

From 27-28 July, as part of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap initiative, Barbados participated in a Roundtable Meeting on the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap and technical assessments of state armouries, carried out by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).

During the roundtable, government representatives from Barbados met with UNLIREC to follow up on the drafting of the National Action Plan (NAP) for the advancement of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap and discussed the substantive progress made in the development of Barbados’ NAP.

As part of the assistance, UNLIREC´s Team also reviewed the weapons and ammunition management practices implemented at the state facilities in Barbados. This activity aims to strengthen the physical security and stockpile management practices in Barbados, to ultimately prevent diversion of weapons and ammunition from government arsenals to the illicit market. The assessment was conducted in accordance with international guidelines including the United Nations Modular Small-arms-control Implementation Compendium (MOSAIC) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).

UNLIREC, as the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs’ regional centre, seeks to advance the cause of practical disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of its commitment to support Member States in their implementation of international disarmament and non-proliferation instruments, in particular, the 2001 UN Programme of Action on Small Arms. This assistance was made possible with the generous financial support of the governments of the United States of America and Canada.