UNLIREC, in collaboration with the CONATIAF and SUCAMEC in Peru, organized an international seminar in Lima on 26 February 2015 to discuss citizen security and the role of local governments in armed violence reduction. This platform generated a space for analysis and information exchange at the local level on successful approaches to reducing armed violence.

The seminar was attended by local government officials and police officers from Metropolitan Lima and Callao, as well as representatives from various state institutions. During the one-day intense seminar, Peruvian representatives presented public policies on armed violence prevention and reduction, as well as the new firearms law. National presentations were complemented by those from international experts from neighbouring Argentina and Colombia who shared best practices in arms control at both the local and provincial levels in their respective countries.

The event allowed for a fruitful exchange of ideas and united local actors in confronting armed violence with a view to channeling common efforts and arriving at sustainable solutions.

UNLIREC, as the regional office of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, seeks to advance the cause of practical disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean and to support Member States in the region in their implementation of international disarmament and non-proliferation instruments, including the UN 2001 Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UN 2001 PoA).

For more information about UNLIREC, visit [www.unlirec.org]. For any questions, contact Amanda Cowl, Political Affairs Officer, at [cowl@unlirec.org].