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Stockpiled ammunition can become unsafe if not properly stored. Unintended explosions of ammunition depots have affected over 100 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 works on improving whole-life management of ammunition, thus providing people more safety and more security.

Assistance, implementation

The UN SaferGuard programme oversees the dissemination and application of International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG):
detailed standards to improve the safety and security of ammunition storage sites. IATG come at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

Trust fund

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Ammunition Management Advisory Team


   Practical tools — all IATG-compliant — to assist in adequate ammunition management.