In over 60 countries during the last decade, poorly-stored ammunition stockpiles have inadvertently exploded. Thousands of people have died, and the livelihoods of entire communities were disrupted. Unsecured or poorly-monitored national ammunition stockpiles also lead to massive diversion into illicit markets. Diverted conventional ammunition is increasingly used to make improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The General Assembly has requested the United Nations to develop guidelines for adequate ammunition management. In response, the UN SaferGuard Programme has been established. It oversees the dissemination of International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG): detailed standards for voluntary use by countries that wish to improve the safety and security of their ammunition storage sites.

The first version of the IATG was completed in 2011.

UN SaferGuard User Survey

Video of UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Mr. KIM Won-soo

IATG version 2 has been launched with new modules available! Access them here

The International Ammunition Technical Guidelines are being used to support ammunition stockpile management efforts in 86 countries by national authorities and through our partners. Find out more on our new “who uses the IATG?” page.

“One area that deserves far more attention is ammunition...

Cutting ammunition flows has an immediate impact on the intensity of armed activity.

In situations where there is high risk to civilian populations, this should be a priority.”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the UN Security Council on the issue of small arms and light weapons, 13 May 2015

The International Ammuntion Technical Guidelines and the IATG Implementation Support Software are maintained by the United Nations. Technical and financial support has been provided by the Governments of Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Serbia, Singapore, Switzerland, the United States of America, and the European Union.

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