In more than 100 countries over the past five decades, poorly-stored ammunition stockpiles have led to grave incidents resulting in accidental explosions and humanitarian disaster. Thousands of people have been killed, injured and displaced, and the livelihoods of entire communities have been disrupted. In addition to the humanitarian and socio-economic consequences, unsecured or poorly managed national ammunition stockpiles fuel insecurity. Massive diversion of ammunition to illicit markets has been a catalyst for armed conflicts and crime in various regions. Diverted ammunition is also increasingly used to assemble improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The General Assembly requested the United Nations to develop guidelines for adequate ammunition management. In response, the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) were developed in 2011 and the UN SaferGuard Programme was established as the corresponding knowledge management platform.

IATG version 2 has been launched in 2015.

What's new?

In its Agenda for Disarmament, the Secretary General calls for the promotion of more effective State and regional action on excessive and poorly maintained stockpiles. The implementation plan for Action 22: Secure excessive and poorly maintained stockpiles is now available.

Fact Sheet on Safe and Secure Ammunition Management Through the UN SaferGuard Programme

Video message of HR Nakamitsu to the UN SaferGuard Technical Review Board and Strategic Coordination Group

“Beyond the need for greater efforts to reduce the excessive accumulation of arms, it remains essential that States ensure effective physical security and management of their stockpiles.

Inadequately maintained stockpiles constitute serious humanitarian hazards and negatively impact peace and security, and can thereby jeopardize the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. ”

– Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General,Securing Our Common Future – An Agenda for Disarmament