UNLIREC uses ISACS to support laying down of arms in Colombia


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“The United Nations Mission in Colombia sought assistance from the Regional Centre to contribute to the “laying down of arms” component of the historic peace process negotiated between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army. The Centre initially offered support in the form of technical advice to the Mission in February 2017. To date, the Centre has provided input into technical and logistical planning for the laying down of arms and shared its expertise on methods and techniques for the deactivation of small arms and light weapons.

“This initiative represents the first time that the Office for Disarmament Affairs, including its three Regional Centres, has contributed to a formal laying down of arms. The technical operating procedures developed by the Centre, which are based on international standards and best practices, such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the United Nations SaferGuard programme’s International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, have been applied throughout the implementation of the peace agreement.” 

FULL REPORT — United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Report of the Secretary-General (A/72/99, 20 June 2017)

UNLIREC SOPs to Register, Collect and Store SALW, Ammunition and Grenades, and for destruction by incineration - SS

Examples of the ISACS- and IATG-based Standard Operating Procedures developed by UNLIREC in support of the Colombian peace process.
Photo: Sarah Schaffer