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Deep Dive Recap: Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Gender Perspective

On the 22nd September 2022, the NATO International Military Staff (IMS) GENAD Office hosted their monthly Deep Dive Session focusing on the relationship between the Gender Perspective and Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW). This session explored the role of gender mainstreaming to fill information gaps and address current challenges in small arms control work, ammunition management and demining.
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NATO highlights role in fighting illicit trade in small arms and light weapons

NATO participated in a UN conference in New York on Wednesday (20 June 2018), focused on fighting the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. Ms. Eirini Lemos-Maniati, Deputy Director of NATO HQ’s Arms Control, Disarmament and WMD Non-Proliferation Centre, noted that over the years, NATO has helped destroy over 600,000 small arms and light weapons, and more than 160 million rounds of ammunition. NATO’s technical standards also serve as a basis for many international best practices in controlling small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles. NATO’s Partnership for Peace Trust Fund on small arms and light weapons currently covers seven projects with a budget of over 40 million euros.
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Egyptian desert: new technologies for landmine detection

Egypt is regarded as one of the most contaminated countries in the world in terms of the number of mines and explosive remnants of war scattered across its territory. The issue poses a serious security challenge for local populations and hinders economic development and investment. As a result, large swathes of land are rendered unsafe and unusable.
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World’s largest demilitarization project boosts industry in Ukraine

The NATO-Partnership Trust Fund project for the destruction of conventional munitions, small arms, light weapons and landmines in Ukraine is making significant progress, but future funding remains a challenge. The project, which was the focus of a conference in the capital Kyiv on 8 April, is helping address the potential threat posed by Ukraine’s large stocks of old and obsolete weapons and ammunition accumulated since the Second World War. It has also boosted Ukrainian industry and created 110 jobs.
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Project to destroy obsolete munitions in Ukraine enters second phase

A signing ceremony to launch the second phase of a NATO-sponsored project for the destruction of conventional munitions, small arms and light weapons in Ukraine took place in Kyiv on 1 February.
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NATO sponsors project to help reduce terrorism risk in Mauritania

Mauritania has seen its share of conflict over the years. Its volatile history has left the country with a large stock of Man-Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS), shoulder launched surface-to-air missiles, and obsolete munitions that could pose a security risk to the country and to the safety of the public. A NATO Trust Fund project is now working to destroy these stockpiles and prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists.
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NATO-sponsored project helps Ukraine destroy dangerous stocks of munitions

Stocks of unused and obsolete munitions pose a serious problem for many countries. Untended depots can be dangerous. In Ukraine, several unplanned explosions at munitions sites have led to loss of life, injury and significant damage. To protect people living near such depots, NATO is sponsoring a project to help safely dispose of the country’s excess munitions.
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Avoiding tragedy: NATO and Ukraine destroy aging weapons and ammunition

In Ukraine, huge surplus stocks of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and tonnes of aging ammunition could threaten the public’s safety should they fall into the wrong hands or accidentally explode. But with NATO’s help, Ukraine is destroying its excess stocks, having embarked on the world’s largest demilitarisation project through international assistance. A ceremony at NATO Headquarters marked the launch of the project’s second phase on 21 September 2011.
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EAPC workshop on clearing explosive remnants of war (ERW) with a focus on cluster munitions

The residual effects of war can impede efforts to reconstruct civilian infrastructure for many years after the conflict. All too often, large areas needed for civilian purposes are found to be strewn with unexploded cluster bomblets and other forms of ERW as a result of former military activity. Such concealed dangers represent a hazard to all who live and work on such land. They can kill and maim indiscriminately and thus present a significant challenge to post conflict development and human security.
30 Jun. 2009

EAPC Workshop on Combating Illicit Brokering in Small Arms and Light Weapons, 1-2 July

Illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons (SALW) to unlawful or illegitimate actors continues to contribute to conflicts, organised crime or other activities. International efforts to combat this problem are strengthening; for example, at the Third United Nations Biennial Meeting of States on SALW in 2008, the subject of illicit brokering was one of four key themes singled out for special consideration by states. A way forward was articulated in the final outcome document of the meeting that emphasised, inter alia, the importance of further development of national legislative and administrative processes that deal with regulating brokering activities in SALW.

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