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Ammunition explosions killIn over 60 countries during the last decade, poorly-stored ammunition stockpiles have inadvertently exploded. In the last two years alone, this has resulted in over 700 fatalities and more than 3000 injuries. There is also increasing evidence of high rates of diversion of ammunition from poorly secured stockpiles in or close to conflict or high-crime areas. Diverted ammunition is a major source of supply for groups involved in conflict or criminal activities and for making improvised explosive devices (IEDs) – including by terrorist groups.
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UN ammunition experts
Whether to assist a community in the aftermath of an ammunition stockpile explosion, or to put in place preventive measures to keep one from occurring, the UN has highly trained ammunition experts who can make risk assessments and provide assistance in securing ammunition stocks.
Each time ammunition experts take on such a mission, they put their lives at risk. Often, they do not have access to the best tools to do their job. In the past, they have had to make assessments and calculations by hand. These are laborious tasks that take time and prolong exposure to danger, both for themselves and the communities which they are helping.
A new ammunition management software based on the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG)
Under its UN SaferGuard programme, the United Nations has developed specific web-based software which facilitates the implementation of the newly completed International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).
These new Guidelines, mandated by the General Assembly, were developed to the highest existing standards by ammunition experts from around the world.
What's this web tool about?
It integrates the best practices found in the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines into a one-stop shop of user-friendly technical tools that allow for higher levels of accuracy of technical calculations and accountability. The result: a more efficient use of resources and a safer work environment.
What does the software do?
The new IATG implementation software allows experts to make a quick assessment of the dangers in any given ammunition stockpile on the basis of international standards…..
…and it utilizes Google Maps to illustrate the potential damage area that may result from an unintended stockpile explosion. It's real-life visualization of the buildings and roads that are within the danger zone – by entering the amount of ammunition and the location.
Check out the other functions of the IATG implementation software here
Questions? Contact UNODA at: email@example.com