The United Nations Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, held the second version, and first online version, of the Course on Interception of Arms, Ammunition, Parts and Components (ISAAPC) from the 29th November to the 3rd December.

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 personnel with control and inspection responsibilities at entry, exit and transit points. This edition was attended by 18 officials from the National Directorate of Civil Aeronautics, the Directorate of War Materiel, the National Customs Directorate and the Ministry of the Interior.

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 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 illicit trafficking in firearms and ammunition, and thus reduce firearms-related crime and armed violence in the Caribbean.

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