Over 2,000 firearms destroyed in Argentina through DDA/UNDP action programme

On 10 August, 2,283 firearms were destroyed in Mendoza, Argentina, in the first phase of a series of efforts in response to the request of the Government of Argentina to the United Nations to provide support to the Province of Mendozaís destruction of firearms and ammunition and stockpile management.

The Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), UNDPís Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Small Arms and Demobilization Unit, the Government of Canada, through its Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the European Union joined the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean in supporting the destruction event, making it a truly international effort.

National Programme of Action

The first joint planning mission of the Regional Centre and UNDP took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Mission was prepared to follow on the destruction of firearms. Noting that this effort could very well be utilized in other provinces, the United Nations asked Argentina to present it with a firearms destruction and storage facility improvement plan for all provinces affected. UN support to other provinces in Argentina will therefore be guided by the national plan.

The destruction in Mendoza continues the efforts of the Government of Argentina to implement the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials and the 2001 United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.