The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is pleased to announce the official launching of the Spanish and French versions of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs). The IATG support States in their efforts to improve national stockpile management with a view to significantly reducing the hazard to local communities from unplanned explosions, as well as negate the risks to wider communities posed by the uncontrolled proliferation of ammunition.
These Guidelines – originally made available to an English-speaking audience in 2011 under the UN Safer Guard Programme – form a frame of reference to achieve and demonstrate effective levels of safety and security of ammunition stockpiles. Based on sound and accepted explosive science, they provide an integrated approach to a quality management ammunition system and allow for progressive and integrated improvements in safety and security in line with good practice and international normative and legal frameworks.
Currently, the IATG (version 2) are available in the following languages: Arabic, English, Portuguese and Russian. A few modules have also been translated into German.
As of September 2020, the Guidelines are available in both Spanish and French, thanks to funding from the governments of Germany and Switzerland, respectively. To access the complete compendium of Guidelines, please access the following link: https://www.un.org/disarmament/un-saferguard/guide-lines/