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 workshops to promote international standards for improved stockpile management of arms and ammunition among private security companies in the city of Lima, Peru. This training was carried out in collaboration with Peru’s National Superintendence for the Control of Security Services, Arms, Ammunition and Explosives for Civilian Use (SUCAMEC).

Thanks to the success of the first technical workshop carried out in 2015, various security companies requested additional trainings aimed at their operational staff responsible for stockpiles, control and custody of firearms and ammunition.

This workshop – resulting in the training of 14 representatives from security companies and SUCAMEC officials – promotes the incorporation of international standards and physical security procedures into daily operations. The standards relate to the facilities where the arms and ammunition are stored in order to introduce comprehensive measures to contribute to a reduction in the diversion of arms and ammunition.

The training workshop dealt with important issues, such as firearms and ammunition classification, stock management, risk assessment, security plans and incident reporting, among others. Throughout the sessions, practical exercises complemented the theoretical knowledge imparted by UNLIREC’s Public Security Programme.

This project activity was made possible thanks to the funding provided by the Federal Republic of Germany. The multi-year project aims to promote good governance and arms control within the private security sector and is being implemented in collaboration with the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Through this assistance package, UNLIREC supports Latin American and Caribbean States in the strengthening of public security and the implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (UN 2001 PoA).