Conventional Ammunition Management: Developments and Challenges from COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented global challenge with as yet unknown social, economic and political consequences, both short- and long-term. This includes a potential impact on the field of disarmament in general and the conventional ammunition management in particular. This paper offers a preliminary analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on the ammunition management sector in the spring of 2020. It raises key issues related to the risks associated with conventional ammunition through the implementation of relevant control and management measures. The paper argues that shifts in national priorities and reduced resources may affect overall international disarmament efforts by undermining the management of conventional ammunition, and potentially enhance the risks of accidental explosions and diversion. Ammunition management needs to remain a priority during and after COVID-19. Implementing effective and sustainable ammunition management policies and practices will allow states to develop adaptative strategies and methodologies for managing risk in future crisis situations.
Jovana Carapic (Ammunition Management Advisory Team, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining)
Sales No.: E.20.IX.6
Publication date: August 2020