Under the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN 2001 PoA), governments are encouraged to promote safe, effective stockpile management and security, in particular physical security measures, for small arms and light weapons, and are called on to destroy all confiscated, seized or collected small arms and light weapons.

UNLIREC supports Latin American and Caribbean States in the implementation of this Programme of Action through:

  • Undertaking technical assessments on stockpile management and safety and destruction capacities.
  • Providing guidance in the technical development of internationally-based standards to enhance stockpile management practices, guide the refurbishment of a national storage site and carry out destructions.
  • Delivering technical capacity-building assistance.
  • Supporting the destruction of surplus, obsolete and confiscated small arms, ammunition and explosives.

With the support of:

United States

Fact Sheet

Bolstering Stockpile Safety and Security and Assisting in Weapons Destruction

News

UNLIREC supports Government of Peru in destruction of close to 10,000 firearms The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) supported the largest destruction of firearms in the history of Peru. The National…
UN supports second destruction event in northern Peru The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme entitled “Strengthening Human Security…
UNLIREC assists Peruvian local authorities in destroying over 2,000 small arms With the assistance of the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), Peruvian authorities destroyed over 2,000 small arms in the northern…
UNLIREC and Guyana continue collaboration to destroy weapons and ammunition Following the donation of a set of hydraulic shears, for the destruction of small arms and a Small Arms Ammunition Burning Tank (SAABT) to the Government of Guyana by the…
UNLIREC and Guyana collaborate in the destruction of weapons On 23 January 2014, UNLIREC officially handed over a set of hydraulic shears to the Government of Guyana for the destruction of small arms and a Small Arms Ammunition Burning…
UNLIREC supports Peru in the destruction of over 3,000 firearms (Peru, Dec. 17) – UNLIREC supported the National Regulatory Entity for Security Services, Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives for Civil Use (SUCAMEC) in the destruction of over 3,000 firearms via smelting…
UNLIREC and Government of Guyana begin cooperation on weapons and ammunition stockpile management and destruction assistance From 10 – 14 June 2013, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affair’s Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) and the Government…
United Nations assists the Dominican Republic  in the destruction of more than 30,000 firearms and 30 tonnes of ammunition A series of destruction initiatives in the Dominican Republic resulted in over 30,000 firearms and 30 tonnes of ammunition being destroyed in a collaborative effort between the United Nations Regional…
UNLIREC donates weapons and ammunition destruction equipment to Suriname On 02 August 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) officially handed over to the Government of Suriname a…
One tonne of ammunition and over 150 weapons destroyed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with UNLIREC support UNLIREC, in collaboration with the Royal St. Vincent and Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), facilitated the destruction of 164 seized and obsolete weapons and over 37,000 rounds of small arms ammunition…
Close to 400 small arms and one tonne of small arms ammunition destroyed in Antigua and Barbuda with UNLIREC support From 22 to 26 April 2013, UNLIREC, in close collaboration with the Police and Defence Force of Antigua and Barbuda, supported the destruction of close to 400 seized and obsolete…
UNLIREC and the Ministry of Security from the Argentinean Republic move forward on their stockpile management collaboration In Buenos Aires, from 4 to 15 of November, 2013, the Ministry of Security of Argentina and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latina America…
UNLIREC and Government of Dominican Republic accelerate destruction of surplus and obsolete weapons and ammunition From 4 – 22 February 2013, technical specialists from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) joined forces with the…
UNLIREC assists Belize to strengthen capacity in combating illicit firearms trafficking and destroying obsolete ammunition From 25 February to 8 March 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) – in close collaboration with the…
UNLIREC and Government of Suriname begin cooperation on Firearms Stockpile Management and Destruction Assistance Package From 18 – 22 February 2013 the United Nations Office for Disarmament’s Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) conducted a national firearms…
Building capacity and promoting public security: UNLIREC supports the destruction of arms and ammunition in the Dominican Republic From 12 to 16 November 2012, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) assisted the Armed Forces of the Dominican…
Over 1,300 weapons destroyed in Belize using destruction equipment  provided by UNLIREC From 15–19 October 2012, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) assisted the Government of Belize in the destruction of…
UNLIREC assists government of the Republic of Argentina in improving capacity to manage small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles On 13 August 2012, The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) signed an agreement…
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs supports weapons and  ammunition destruction in Saint Lucia From 8–12 October 2012, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs – through its Regional Disarmament Centre (UNLIREC) – assisted the Government of St. Lucia in the destruction of nearly 380…
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs continues its support for weapons and ammunition destruction in Trinidad and Tobago From 24 – 29 June 2012 the United Nations Office for Disarmament’s Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) assisted the Government of…
UNLIREC trains federal forces on stockpile risk management and security planning in Argentina On 29-30 November 2012, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) in collaboration the…
UNLIREC and the Ecuadorian Armed Forces joined forces in the destruction of ammunition (Quito) - As part of its commitment to promote initiatives in the area of disarmament, on December 7, the Armed Forces of Ecuador, with technical assistance from UNLIREC, destroyed 11,721…