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 implement effective measures for and cooperate in tracing illicit small arms and light weapons, exchanging relevant information, and using technologies to improve the detection and  tracing  of these weapons.

In efforts to enhance tracing capabilities, UNLIREC works with States to reinforce national forensic procedures for tracing illicit small arms and prosecuting criminals and traffickers through increasing the capacity of states to:

  • trace 100% of illicit firearms
  • restore serial numbers obliterated on firearms
  • connect previously unknown firearm crimes
  • identify and prosecute firearm offenders
  • present reliable ballistic evidence in courts of law
  • reduce backlog of firearms-related open cases.
  • improv ballistic information sharing among States
  • uncover, investigate and prosecute firearms trafficking cases
  • interdict illicit firearms shipped via postal cargo
  • improve maritime trafficking interdiction

With the support of:

Canada

United States

Fact Sheet

Preventing and Solving Gun Crimes through Forensic Ballistics

News

UNLIREC holds Serial Number Restoration Courses for Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda From 9 – 12 November and from 15 – 18 November, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration…
UNLIREC carries out firearm examiner training with Firearm Technicians in the Royal Bahamas Police Force From 18-29 March, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Royal Bahamas Police Force, commenced the…
UNLIREC carries out third Sub-Regional Meeting on Forensic Ballistics From 16-17 May 2018, UNLIREC carried out its third sub-regional meeting for Caribbean States on forensic ballistics at its headquarters in Lima, Peru. The meeting built upon two previous regional…
UNLIREC carries out Shooting Incident Reconstruction training in Trinidad and Tobago From 23 – 27 October, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) delivered its pilot Shooting Incident Reconstruction training in…
UNLIREC carries out Double Cast Training in Guyana From 10 - 13 July, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), together with ARQUEBUS Solutions Ltd, delivered Double Cast…
UNLIREC and Central American States discuss importance of sharing ballistics evidence and information From 21 – 24 August, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), together with the government of the Dominican Republic,…
UNLIREC carries out double cast training in Trinidad and Tobago From 29 May – 1 June, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), together with ARQUEBUS Solutions Ltd delivered its…
UNLIREC carries out double cast training in Bahamas From 5 – 9 June, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), together with ARQUEBUS Solutions Ltd, delivered its second…
UNLIREC boosts Dominican Republics capacity to conduct internal assessments of firearms examiners From 27-30 March, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out its forensic ballistics collaborative competency testing exercise in…
UNLIREC carries out second round of forensic ballistics collaborative exercises in Jamaica From 15 - 17 March, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out a second round of forensic ballistics…
UNLIREC carries out National and Sub-Regional Double Cast Training for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States From 26 June – 6 July, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), together with ARQUEBUS Solutions Ltd, delivered two…
UNLIREC carries out forensic ballistics collaborative exercises in Trinidad and Tobago From 24 - 26 January, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out its pilot forensic ballistics collaborative exercise…
UNLIREC supports forensic ballistics capacity-building in the Dominican Republic and Guyana From 14-18 November, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out its pilot forensic ballistics collaborative exercise in the…
UNLIREC piloted internal testing tool for firearms examiners in St Kitts and Nevis From 26-28 October, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of St Kitts and Nevis,…
UNLIREC contributes to regional framework on competency testing in the area of forensic ballistics From 19 to 22 September, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of Barbados, carried…
UNLIREC works with government of Trinidad and Tobago to implement standard procedures in forensic ballistics From 23 to 25 August, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of Trinidad and…
UNLIREC carries out forensic ballistics collaborative competency testing exercise in Jamaica From 8 to 11 of August, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of Jamaica…
UNLIREC and Trinidad and Tobago increase forensic ballistic capacity in the country From 26 June to 1 July 2016, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the government of…
UNLIREC hosts international expert meeting to develop and promote proficiency testing among forensic ballistics professionals From 27 to 28 of April, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), held an expert meeting on competency and…
UNLIREC carries out a Caribbean Regional Encounter on Forensic Ballistics in Trinidad and Tobago From 5-6 December, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) with the support of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago…
UNLIREC carried out pilot competency-based exercises on forensic ballistics in the Bahamas From 5 to 9 of September, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of the…
UNLIREC and Barbados continue joint efforts to increase capacity in forensic ballistics investigations From 4 to 8 of April, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of Barbados…
UNLIREC provides technical assistance on standard operating procedures for Forensic Ballistics in the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis From 14 to 18 of March, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of the…
UNLIREC provides technical assistance on double-casting and standard operating procedures for Forensic Ballistics in Belize From 3 to 5 of May, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Government of Belize…
UNLIREC provides technical assistance on firearms forensic ballistics to Jamaica From February 29 to March 3rd, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the government of Jamaica,…
UNLIREC continues forensic ballistics assistance in the Dominican Republic From 16 to 20 November 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out, in collaboration with the Government…
UNLIREC provides assistance on firearms forensic ballistics to Belize From 19-24 October 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out, in collaboration with the Government of Belize,…
UNLIREC provides assistance on firearms forensic ballistics to Jamaica From 28 September to 2 October 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the government of…
UNLIREC provides assistance on firearms forensic ballistics to St Kitts and Nevis From 31 August to 4 September 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the government of…
UNLIREC launches assistance programme on firearms forensic ballistics in The Bahamas From 31 August to 4 September 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the government of…
UNLIREC launches new technical assistance package on operational forensic ballistics in the Caribbean On 24-25 June 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), with the support of the Government of the United…
UNLIREC provides assistance on forensic ballistics to Guyana From 2-7 November 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the government of Guyana, carried out…
UNLIREC supports Central America in bolstering its criminal investigative techniques UNLIREC, as part of its efforts to support the Central American Security Strategy, is in the process of developing a training guide to help Central American governments better integrate firearms…
UNLIREC and Government of Belize strengthen national capacities in forensic ballistics From 18 – 22 March, UNLIREC undertook a technical mission to Belize with the financial support of the British High Commission in Belmopan to provide training and assistance in the…