UNLIREC holds Third Regional Thematic Inter-Institutional Roundtable meeting with 10 States to discuss Goal 4 of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap: Systematically decrease the risk of diversion of firearms and ammunition from government and non-government owned arsenals

Participants at the Third Regional Thematic Inter-Institutional Roundtable Meeting

On 30 July 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) hosted the third virtual Regional Thematic Inter-Institutional Roundtable meeting with 10 CARICOM States to discuss Goals 4 of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap: Systematically decrease the risk of diversion of firearms and ammunition from government and non-government owned arsenals.

The purpose of the regional meeting was to discuss the implications and considerations for national authorities responsible for identifying their state’s priorities concerning Goal 4 of the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap. Thus far, ten CARICOM states, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago have adopted the Caribbean Firearms Roadmap and are in the process of developing their respective National Action Plan (NAP).

A total of 52 officials, including 18 women, from ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, National Security/ Home Affairs, Human Development, Police Forces, Defence Forces, Forensic Laboratories, Customs, and Immigration Departments of the 10 CARICOM States participated in the Regional Thematic Meeting.

The participants discussed the importance of maintaining technical and administrative standards, conducting periodic risk assessments, and reviewing security plans to diminish the risk of loss, accidents, or diversion of weapons and ammunition in the region. In addition, the MOSAIC and the IATGs were presented as international best practices and valuable tools and guidelines for physical security and stockpile management.

The Roadmap for Implementing The Caribbean Priority Actions on the Illicit Proliferation of Firearms and Ammunition across the Caribbean in a Sustainable Manner by 2030 (Caribbean Firearms Roadmap), builds on Caribbean aspirations to combat illicit trafficking of firearms and enhance resilience, through support from UNLIREC, CARICOM IMPACS and other international partners, in coordination with the governments of Germany, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

UNLIREC, as the regional organ of the UN Office for Disarmament, seeks to advance the cause of practical disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean as part of its commitment to support the Member States in their implementation of international disarmament and non-proliferation instruments, in particular, the 2001 UN Programme of Action on Small Arms.

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