• Areas of expertise include: conventional arms control, prevention of diversion and illicit trafficking (small arms and light weapons, ammunition, and parts and components), armed violence in urban contexts, physical security and stockpile management, life cycle management of ammunition.


    Brief Background and Contributions to UNIDIR

    Manuel joined UNIDIR after 5 years of working on peace and disarmament issues at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC). He has spearheaded more than 40 training, awareness and implementation initiatives in 15 Latin American & Caribbean countries training more than 300 government officials. Manuel is part of the pool of experts for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Outreach Project funded by the European Union and the UN SaferGuard Quick-Response Mechanism for Ammunition Management. He holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

    Recent Publications and Current Projects

    • Multilateral progress on conventional ammunition management (Ammunition Phase II)
    • Building national and regional WAM frameworks, policies and approaches (WAM II)
    • Multilateral regulation of arms flows: tackling the problem of diversion
    • Urban Violence: Adapting arms control to new environments