Weak weapon and ammunition management (WAM) poses a significant challenge to peace, security and development. The diversion of materiel can contribute to strengthening the capacity of armed spoilers. Illicit arms and ammunition are enablers of urban violence, displacement of people, human rights violations, and organized crime. Their misuse poses barriers to delivery of humanitarian services, protection of civilians and critical infrastructures, as well as investment and economic growth.
The objective of this event is to promote knowledge on the role of WAM in preventing conflict and supporting security transitions. Designed as an interactive dialogue promoting discussion among the speakers and the audience, this event will highlight good practices and lessons-learned on effective WAM policies and practices developed by conflict-affected States. The event draws on concrete evidence from 10 national WAM assessments conducted by States in cooperation with UNIDIR, with particular lessons from four countries in Africa – the Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, the Niger and Somalia.
This event is co-organized with Conflict Armament Research (CAR), whose investigation teams generate unique evidence on weapon supplies into armed conflicts in order to inform and support effective weapon management and control.
Please note that your registration information will also be shared with the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (the key Facilitator of Geneva Peace Week) for the purpose of compiling anonymous statistics on event attendance.
Mr. Abdikarin Ali Hassan, National Focal Point for Weapons and Ammunition Management, Federal Government of Somalia
Mr. Jonah Leff, Director of Operations, Conflict Armament Research
Ms. Silke Rusch, formerly working with the Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) section, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operation
Ms. Einas Mohammed, Researcher, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Mr. Mohamed Coulibaly, Researcher, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
Mr. Bojan Francuz, Program Associate, Center on International Cooperation
Amuse-bouches and coffee will be served during an informal networking session happening right after the event.