The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Customs Authority of Panama, held the second virtual version of the Course on Interception of Arms, Ammunition, Parts and Components (ISAAPC) from the 22 to 26 November.

CIAMP aims to contribute to the States of the region in their efforts to reduce and prevent the diversion and illicit trafficking of firearms, ammunition, parts, components and explosives through postal consignments, parcels, packages and luggage, by providing specific training for their identification using X-ray technology.

The course is aimed at X-ray scanner operators and support staff with control and inspection responsibilities at entry, exit and transit points. This edition was attended by 29 officials belonging to the National Customs Authority.

During a week, through theoretical and practical methodology, participants received

During one week, through a theoretical and practical methodology, the participants received specialised training in the identification of weapons, their parts, components, ammunition and explosives. They have also trained on the platform developed by the Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications (CASRA), which has a library of threat images developed by UNLIREC.

This specialised course, developed in line with the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms, the Arms Trade Treaty and Sustainable Development Goal 16.4, contributes to regional efforts to prevent the illicit trafficking of firearms and ammunition, thereby reducing firearms-related crime and armed violence in the Caribbean.

The implementation of this project is possible thanks to the financial support of the German Government.