(El Salvador and Guatemala) – UNLIREC’s Director, Ms Mélanie Régimbal, met with national authorities in El Salvador and Guatemala to launch UNLIREC’s 2012 small arms control activities. All UNLIREC activities forming part of its “Preventing Armed Violence in Central America through the Combat of Illicit Trafficking in Firearms” are aligned with SICA’s Central American Security Strategy. In particular with three of the four security pillars: crime reduction, violence prevention, and institutional strengthening.

States to ensure the rapid and effective implementation of the Strategy. In this regard, UNLIREC is implementing a regional project focused on firearms control and prevention of illicit firearms trafficking. These initiatives, which include capacity-building for law enforcement and judicial operators, stockpile management, and firearms policy support, are made possible thanks to the financial contributions of Finland, Germany and Spain.