Stockpiled ammunition can become unsafe if not properly stored. Unintended explosions of ammunition depots have affected over 60 countries worldwide, leading to thousands of casualties over the past 15 years. Moreover, when depots are not well managed, they form an unremitting source for diversion of ammunition to armed groups and criminals, thus sustaining conflict and armed criminal activity.

Through the UN SaferGuard programme, the UN worksgon making stockpiles safer and more secure.

General Assembly Resolution

A/RES/70/35 – 2015

2008 Group of Governmental Experts report

A/63/182 — 2008

Reports of the Secretary-General

Collected views of Member States on risks arising from the accumulation of surplus ammunition stockpiles, and on national ways of strengthening controls on conventional ammunition.

A/62/166/Add.1 — 2007

A/62/166 — 2007

A/61/118/Add.1 — 2006

A/61/118 — 2006