The First Regional Meeting on the Control of Firearms and Explosives for Civil Use was held in Lima from 3-5 June, 2015, within the framework of the South American Council of Citizen Security, Justice and Coordination of Action against Transnational Organized Crime of the Union of South American Nations (USAN). This activity was organized by the National Regulatory Entity for Security Services, Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives for Civil Use (SUCAMEC) of Peru.

The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) was invited to the event which aimed at strengthening the levels of collaboration on the control of firearms and explosives for civil use among USAN members. UNLIREC participation included the presentation of two lectures; one on the control of explosives for civil use, and the other on programmes for voluntary surrender of weapons.

The UNASUR State’s representatives attending this event presented their regulatory frameworks and experiences on the control of weapons and ammunition of civilian use. UNLIREC’s presentations, as well as those of the other invited institutions, provided inputs for the debate on good practices and exchange of experiences on the topic among participating States.

Through its assistance to Latin American and the Caribbean States, UNLIREC supports States in the improvement of public security and in the implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN 2001 PoA) and the 2014 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

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