On 28 June 2022 in Trinidad and Tobago; and from 30 June to 1 July  2022 in Grenada, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) hosted  Monitoring and Evaluation Roundtable meetings for the advancement of Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago’s National Action Plans and baseline assessments for the implementation of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap.

Twenty-one national representatives from the Ministry of National Security, Ministry for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago Police Force, Trinidad and Tobago Forensic Science Centre, Customs and Excise, Trinidad and Tobago Defense Force, Strategic Services Agency, Ministry of Attorney General and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Judiciary and Prisons participated in Trinidad and Tobago.

In Grenada, thirteen national representatives from the Royal Grenada Police Force, Customs and Excise Division, Her Majesty’s Prison and Grenada Airports Authority took part in the two-day event at the Coyaba Hotel.

During the sessions, the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap initiative was presented, including a review of the regional key performance indicators and national level indicators. A thorough baseline assessment was conducted under the four goals of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap and clarity was provided on the reporting styles and timelines for submissions. Both Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada completed a significant proportion of their baseline assessments and will now finalise the assessment through a follow-up mechanism.

What is the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap?

The Caribbean Firearms Roadmap is a regional umbrella framework adopted by CARICOM States and the Dominican Republic in 2020, in which States commit themselves to implement actions against illicit firearms trafficking and make the Caribbean a safer region. To date, 16 countries in the region have formally adopted the Roadmap and begun the process of identifying their national priorities via a National Action Plan (NAP). There is commitment across the region to implement sustainable solutions to the prevention and combat of illicit proliferation of firearms and ammunition that are consistent with international norms and the Caribbean context.

This activity was made possible with funding from the Government of Canada and was carried out in line with the 2001 UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and with 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular Goal 16 and target 16.4.