The United Nations System in Peru, under its Joint Programme for Human Security and in close cooperation with the National Superintendence for the Control of Security Services, Arms, Ammunition and Explosives and Civilian Use (SUCAMEC), held and International Seminar on the Role of Local Governments and Communities in Reducing Armed Violence on 25 February at the Superior Court of La Libertad in Trujillo.

Dialogue was generated between regional, local and district authorities and members of civil society and international experts on public policies aimed at improving public security by reducing armed violence. To expand the discussion, representatives of security sectors, education and youth of local and district municipalities and members of special communities and districts with high crime rates were invited to share their experiences and opinions.

In La Libertad region and, in particular, in Trujillo, policies are being discussed to deal with insecurity. This seminar aims to promote the development of and generate ideas related to effective policies and mechanisms for arms control and reduction of armed violence. The inputs and ideas shared by national and international experts, as well as members of communities who face this problem on a daily basis will contribute to dialogue on possible areas of intervention and collaboration within the UN Joint Programme for Human Security.

The United Nations Joint Programme for Human Security is supporting various public institutions and communities in Trujillo to reduce and prevent crime, gender-based violence, and adolescent involvement in juvenile crime. The event is funded by the Joint Programme which includes five different UN agencies: the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).

For more information on the activities of the United Nations in Trujillo, please contact: James Shaw, Coordinator, United Nations Joint Programme, at [].