On 16-17 September 2020, with the financial support of the Government of Germany, UNLIREC carried out an online seminar to highlight the relevance of conventional arms and ammunition control measures for national security and to present internationally recognized technical guidelines that could strengthen Argentinian efforts against illicit arms and ammunition trafficking.

Over 60 officials from national institutions with responsibility for implementation of arms and ammunition control participated in the seminar, including the Ministry of Defense, Argentinian Army, Navy and Air Force, Argentinian Military Industry (Fabricaciones Militares SE) and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Research for Defense (CITEDEF).

Given the impact of the proliferation and diversion of arms and ammunition on armed violence and illicit trafficking in the region, UNLIREC sensitized stakeholders about the importance of implementing effective conventional arms and ammunition control measures to reduce the risk of illegal proliferation and diversion.

The seminar focused on fundamental concepts, obligations and guidelines contained in international instruments and technical guidelines regarding arms and ammunition control, including physical security and stockpile management, as well as marking, tracing, demilitarization and destruction, among others.

Panellists from the Argentinian Army, Navy, Argentinian Military Industry and the Institute of Scientific and the Technical Research for Defense – CITEDEF delivered presentations on the national regulations in force and practical measures that Argentina implements regarding stockpile management, as well as demilitarization and destruction of ammunitions.

For more information on UNLIREC, visit www.unlirec.org. Please direct all questions or inquiries to: Ms. Amanda Cowl, Political Affairs Officer at cowl@unlirec.org.