Bolstering Stockpile Safety and Security and Assisting in Weapons Destruction

Under the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN 2001 PoA), governments are encouraged to promote safe, effective stockpile management and security, in particular physical security measures, for small arms and light weapons, and are called on to destroy all confiscated, seized or collected small arms and light weapons.


UNLIREC supports Latin American and Caribbean States in the implementation of this Programme of Action through:


  • Undertaking technical assessments on stockpile management and safety and destruction capacities.
  • Providing guidance in the technical development of internationally-based standards to enhance stockpile management practices, guide the refurbishment of a national storage site and carry out destructions.
  • Delivering technical capacity-building assistance.
  • Supporting the destruction of surplus, obsolete and confiscated small arms, ammunition and explosives.


UNLIREC and Government of Guyana begin cooperation on weapons and ammunition stockpile management and destruction assistance

6 Oct 13

UNLIREC and Government of Suriname begin cooperation on Firearms Stockpile Management and Destruction Assistance Package

18 Feb 13

Over 1,300 weapons destroyed in Belize using destruction equipment  provided by UNLIREC

15 Oct 12

One tonne of ammunition and over 150 weapons destroyed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines with UNLIREC support

24 May 13

Close to 400 small arms and one tonne of small arms ammunition destroyed in Antigua and Barbuda with UNLIREC support

22 Apr 13

United Nations assists the Dominican Republic  in the destruction of more than 30,000 firearms and 30 tonnes of ammunition

5 Oct 13

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs supports weapons and  ammunition destruction in Saint Lucia

10 Aug 12

UNLIREC and Trinidad and Tobago inaugurate Regional Caribbean Armoury Management Training Centre for improved small arms and light weapons stockpile management across the region  

17 Jun 13

UNLIREC and UNDP join forces to increase awareness on importance of proper management of arms, explosives and ammunition stockpiles in Honduras

27 Apr 15

UNLIREC and the Ministry of Security from the Argentinean Republic move forward on their stockpile management collaboration

11 Apr 13

UNLIREC assists government of the Republic of Argentina in improving capacity to manage small arms, light weapons and ammunition stockpiles

13 Aug 12

UNLIREC contributes to arms control in Guatemala through training in firearms and ammunition stockpile management

18 Feb 15

UNLIREC and the Ecuadorian Armed Forces joined forces in the destruction of ammunition

12 Jan 11

UNLIREC trains federal forces on stockpile risk management and security planning in Argentina

12 May 12

Building capacity and promoting public security: UNLIREC supports the destruction of arms and ammunition in the Dominican Republic

19 Nov 12

UN supports second destruction event in northern Peru

7 Jun 16

UNLIREC and Government of Dominican Republic accelerate destruction of surplus and obsolete weapons and ammunition

3 Apr 13

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs continues its support for weapons and ammunition destruction in Trinidad and Tobago

16 Jul 12

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs continues its support for weapons destruction in Trinidad and Tobago

24 Jun 12

UNLIREC and Government of The Bahamas continue cooperation for destruction of weapons and ammunition

16 Nov 12

UNLIREC and Guyana collaborate in the destruction of weapons

23 Jan 14

UNLIREC and Guyana continue collaboration to destroy weapons and ammunition

2 Mar 14

UNLIREC supports Peru in the destruction of over 3,000 firearms

17 Dec 13

With the support of:

United States