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 can form an unremitting source for diversion of ammunition to armed groups and criminals, thus sustaining conflict and armed criminal activity.

Through UN SaferGuard, the UN works on making stockpiles safer and more secure.

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