This project seeks to promote good governance of the armed private security sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through the implementation of internationally-accepted standards, norms, and good practices for small arms control and private security legislation and regulation. The national authorities, private security companies, and industry associations targeted in this project benefit from the delivery of tools and specialized capacity-building, and advisory and technical support.

This project combines regionally-focused policy research and tool development with practical advisory, technical and capacity-building support in different countries with the aim of:

  • Prevent small arms and ammunition belonging to private security companies (PSC) from being stolen, trafficked and/or used in crimes.
  • Support governments in their efforts to develop mechanisms for good governance over the Private Security Services (PSS).
  • Disseminate good practices by governments in overseeing PSCs and mechanisms of self-regulation in the same sector.
  • Promote implementation of international standards through physical security and stockpile management of arms and ammunition by PSCs and through the secondary marking of PSC-held small arms.
  • Accompany and verify the destruction of small arms no longer needed by PSCs.

Fact Sheet

Promoting Small Arms Control in the Private Security Sector

News

UNLIREC conducts a Seminar on the Control of Firearm and Ammunition Import Control for Private Security Companies in Costa Rica On 26 March, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security,…
UNLIREC provides assistance to strengthen national capacities in the regulation and control of private security in the Dominican Republic In recent decades, with its nuances and variations, in Latin America and the Caribbean exponential growth has been recorded in private security services and in parallel, a greater legal demand…
UNLIREC carries out PSSM workshop for Private Security Company Personnel in Jamaica From 27-28 November, UNLIREC carried out the third in a series of technical workshops on international stockpile management standards in Jamaica in order to strengthen the capacity of Private Security…
UNLIREC continues strengthening arms control in the private security sector in Mexico The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) is moving forward in Mexico with the implementation of activities under its project…
UNLIREC continues to strengthen arms control in the private security sector in Jamaica The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) is moving forward with the implementation of the arms control project aimed at…
Central America and the Dominican Republic assess progress and challenges in the regulation and control of private security On 5-6 April 2018, UNLIREC undertook a Sub-regional Seminar on “Progress and Challenges in Private Security Regulation and Oversight in Central America and the Dominican Republic”, held in San José,…
UNLIREC and Mexico launch collaborative effort to strengthen arms and ammunition control in the private security sector On 13 March 2018, at the request of the Government of Mexico, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in…
UNLIREC provides training to private security companies in stockpile management and storage of arms and ammunition in Mexico From 12-16 March, 2018, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) held two training workshops on “International Standards for the…
UNLIREC continues to strengthen arms control in the private security sector in Guatemala The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) is making progress in Guatemala with the implementation of activities for the project…
UNLIREC holds multi-sectoral dialogue on the use of force in private security companies The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in partnership with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces…
UNLIREC supports various initiatives to strengthen arms control among private security sector in Costa Rica The United Nations Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) continues moving forward on the implementation of the project Strengthening the capacity for effective…
UNLIREC provides training to promote the effective and transparent management of weapons and ammunition in the private security sector in Guatemala The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) facilitated a two-day training (23-24 February 2017) to representatives of private security companies…
UNLIREC supports strengthening of stockpile management among the private security sector in Costa Rica From 21 to 24 November 2016, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) advanced its project activities related to strengthening…
UNLIREC delivers training on international standards on stockpile management for private security companies in Peru From 15 to 16 November 2016, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out the second round of technical…
UNLIREC steps up its stockpile management assistance to private security companies in two Peruvian provinces The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) has expanded its technical assistance to the Peruvian provinces of Chiclayo and Arequipa…
UNLIREC launches project to strengthen arms and ammunition control among private security sector in Costa Rica The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces…
UNLIREC contributes to strengthening private security sector in El Salvador From 7 to 11 November 2016, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out a mission in El Salvador…
UNLIREC donates bullet trap to private security entities operating in Peru to improve physical security of firearms and ammunition depots The United Nation Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) donated a series of bullet-traps to private security companies in Peru as part…
UNLIREC and Government of El Salvador complete final phase of small arms control assistance aimed at private security companies operating in El Salvador The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) and the Government of El Salvador carried out several activities in April, aimed…
UNLIREC carries out international seminar and finalizes first phase of its private security assistance project   As part of its “Strengthening Oversight and Building Capacities for Small Arms Control and Nonproliferation in the Private Security Sector” project, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and…
UNLIREC assists Government of El Salvador in marking private security company weapons The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) continues advancing with the implementation of its “Strengthening Oversight and Building Capacities for…
UNLIREC helps modernize arms depots of national control entity responsible for private security services The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) attended the inauguration of the newly renovated arms and ammunition depot of the…
UNLIREC and Peruvian government strengthen small arms and ammunition stockpile management by private security companies The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) continues its progress in the implementation of its project entitled ‘Strengthening capacities for…
UNLIREC makes progress in implementation of activities aimed at strengthening stockpile management by private security sector in El Salvador The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out a mission to El Salvador on 23-27 November 2015 with a…
UNLIREC undertakes workshop on arms and ammunition control for private security sector in El Salvador The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) presented its new project Strengthening Oversight and Building Capacities for Small Arms Control…
UNLIREC launches new project on adapting international arms and ammunition control standards to the needs of Private Security Companies in El Salvador The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) held a two-day training session (30 and 31 July 2015) for representatives from…
UNLIREC and SUCAMEC facilitate the incorporation of international arms control standards in private security firms in Peru The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the National Superintendence for the Control of Security Services, Arms,…