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The European Commission and the UNODC Global Firearms Programme and Research and Trend Analysis Branch organize a side event to stimulate discussions on how to use statistical firearms data for operational purposes -On 25 May 2017, the European Commission and the UNODC Global Firearms Programme and Research and Trend Analysis Branch organized a joint side event to the 26 th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice entitled " From Data to Action - Using Firearms Data to Tailor Policies, Enhance Operational Capacities and Foster International Cooperation to Combat Firearms Trafficking".

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The Government of the United Kingdom, RAND Europe and the UNODC Global Firearms Programme and Global Programme on Cybercrime discuss illicit arms trafficking on the hidden web - On 23 May 2017, the Government of the United Kingdom, RAND Europe and the UNODC Global Firearms Programme and Global Programme on Cybercrime organized a joint side event to the 26 th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice entitled " Web-based Arms Trafficking: Investigating the illegal trade of firearms through the hidden web".

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    The GFP and CRIMJUST organize a side event during the Commission on Narcotic Drugs about the links between illicit drug trafficking and illicit firearms trafficking
16 March 2017 - On 16 March during the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna, the Global Firearms Programme (GFP) organized jointly with CRIMJUST a side event entitled  "Links between illicit drug trafficking and illicit firearms trafficking - towards an integrated approach - Experiences from UNODC and Member States".  
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The GFP supports the development of educational tools on firearms for the primary, secondary and tertiary level
13 March 2017 - In the framework of UNODC's 'Education for Justice' initiative (E4J), the Global Firearms Programme (GFP) supported expert group meetings on primary, secondary and tertiary education taking place in Vienna from 8-10 February, 13-15 February and 8-9 March 2017, respectively.

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UNODC reaches out to high school students in the 2017 "The Hague International Model United Nations" conference in Doha
30 January 2017 - From 24 to 26 January 2017, UNODC participated in the 'The Hague International Model United Nations' (THIMUN) conference organized by the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar. This year, the conference addressed several topics related to UNODC's mandate, including firearms...

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The Global Firearms Programme delivers a training on "Investigating and Prosecuting Firearms Offences" in Niger
21 December 2016 - From 12 to 16 December, the Global Firearms Programme (GFP) organized together with the National Commission for small arms and light weapons (CNCCAI) from Niger, a five-day training course on the investigation and prosecution of firearms related offences in Niamey ...

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UNODC advocates for increased data collection in relation to firearms trafficking among South Eastern European jurisdictions
From 5 to 6 December 2016, UNODC, through its Global Firearms Programme, participated in the 6th Regional Meeting of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Commissions which was organised by the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) in Budva, Montenegro.

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Legal Workshop on the Legislative Framework of Firearms and Ammunition in Chad
5 December 2016 - From 29 November to 1 December 2016, UNODC organized in N'Djamena, Chad, a three-day workshop on legal drafting relating to the legislative framework of Firearms and ammunition in the country. The workshop was aimed to promote adherence and implementation of the Firearms Protocol and to explain the synergies between all the international and regional instruments

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UNODC strengthens the criminal justice response of Malian law enforcement and criminal justice officers to firearms trafficking and other firearms related crimes
5 December 2016, Bamako - From 28 November to 2 December 2016, UNODC, through its Global Firearms Programme, continued its series of trainings to strengthen the criminal justice response of West and Central African law enforcement and criminal justice officers

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Strengthening the criminal justice response in Mauritania through training on investigation and prosecution of firearms related crimes

10 October 2016  -  UNODC, through its Global Firearms Programme, organised a training course on investigation and prosecution of firearms related crimes in Nouakchott, Mauritania.

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Monitoring firearms trafficking and illicit financial flows in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals
21 October 2016 - On 20 October 2016, at the 8th Session of the Conference of State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto in Vienna, UNODC's Global Firearms Programme (GFP), in collaboration with...

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UNODC organizes with the UK and RAND a side event to the 8 th COP about web-based arms trafficking  
20 October 2016 - On Wednesday 19 October 2016, during the 8 th Conference of the State Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto, UNODC's Global Firearms Programme and the Global Cybercrime Programme, organized...

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Training Course in Chad on Investigation and Prosecution of Firearms Trafficking
From 3 to 7 October 2016, UNODC organized in N'Djamena, Chad, a five day training of trainers on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking in partnership with the Chadian national Police. The training was opened by the Prosecutor General and brought together national experts...

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    UNODC assists Burkina Faso in the drafting of a new law on firearms
26 September 2016 - From 22 to 24 September 2016, UNODC organized a legal drafting workshop in Ouagadougou where national experts revised and discussed together with the Global Firearms Programme the findings of the legislative assessment conducted on the national legislative framework and elaborated together a new draft law relating to the trafficking and illicit manufacturing of firearms .

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Joint Meeting on firearms with the Flemish Peace Institute at UNOV
21 September 2016 - The Global Firearms Programme organized a meeting on firearms together with a delegation of the Flemish Peace Institute, an independent body dedicated to peace research, and the Committee for Foreign Policy of the Flemish Parliament, at UNOV on 20 September 2016.

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Informal Expert Group Meeting on Data Collection and Analysis on Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, Taking into Account the UNODC Study on Firearms 2015 and Target 16.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals
15-16 September 2016
- From 15 to 16 September 2016, UNODC organized the "Informal Expert Group Meeting  on Data Collection and Analysis on Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, Taking into Account the  UNODC Study on Firearms 2015 and Target 16.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals" in  Vienna, Austria.

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Training Workshop for Gulf Countries on the International Legal Framework and the Firearms Protocol
31 August 2016 - the GFP organized a training workshop for Gulf Countries on the international legal framework and the United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol), in Abu Dhabi from...

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Legal Workshops on the Legislative Framework of Firearms and Ammunition in Mali and Niger
15 August 2016 - Because of the growing threat of terrorism, illicit trafficking of firearms has become one of the main preoccupations of West African countries. To meet this threat, several States from the region have decided to review their domestic legislation with the technical support from UNODC's...

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UNODC participates in the destruction of 25,000 firearms in Argentina
15 August 2016 - On 12 August 2016, the National Agency for Controlled Materials (Anmac - former RENAR) acting under the authority of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, carried out the destruction of 25,000 firearms from crime. The material was stored in court deposits in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Mendoza.
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UNODC strengthens firearms marking capacity in West Africa

4-8 January 2016, Cotonou, Bénin -   Among the security challenges affecting the West Africa region, firearms trafficking is of crucial importance. Since the Libyan crisis of 2011, the proliferation of firearms has increased substantially, facilitating the destabilizing activities of numerous armed...

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Workshops on Synergies between Firearms Control Instruments
15 October 2015 - On 13 to 14 October 2015 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of Costa Rica hosted a Regional Meeting for Latin America in the city of San José on "Synergies between international instruments on arms control - Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), Protocol on Firearms and Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA)"

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Global Firearms Programme supports sharing of good practices and lessons learned on countering illicit firearms trafficking between South American and Sahel-Saharan countries

  27 March 2015 - On 23- 26  March 2015 the United Nations Office in Drugs and Crime, UNODC hosted a Cross- Regional Meeting titled "Sharing of Good Practices in Countering Illicit Manufacturing and Illicit trafficking in Firearms and its Link to transnational Organized Crime, Lessons Learned from...

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Training Course on Investigation and Prosecution of Firearms Trafficking
15 July 2014 - On 8-11 July 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, UNODC organized a training course on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking in partnership with the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons. During the training, UNODC experts and twenty national law enforcement and judicial officials reviewed the legal grounds for prosecution of illicit ...

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Strengthen the legislative and operational response against trafficking in firearms in West Africa and the Sahel region
28 February 2014  - On 25-27 February 2014, in Dakar, Senegal, UNODC organised a regional seminar on the legislative and operational response against trafficking in firearms. This event was the first regional initiative within the firearms component of UNODC's Sahel strategy.

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Training Course on Investigation and Prosecution of Firearms Trafficking
15 October 2013 - On 14-18 October 2013 in Accra, Ghana, UNODC, in partnership with the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons of the Republic of Ghana (NACSA) and INTERPOL, organized a training course on investigation and prosecution of firearms trafficking.
The specific goals of the training were to reinforce and build upon past experiences in firearms ....

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Side Event on Monitoring Illicit Firearms Trafficking, its Routes and Modus Operandi
23 April 2013 - UNODC and INTERPOL co-organized a side event on the options for monitoring firearms trafficking, its routes and modus operandi. The event was opened by Mr. Tofik Murshudlu, Chief of the Implementation Support Section of the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking branch of UNODC and Mr. Jeffrey Stirling, Coordinator of the Firearms Programme in INTERPOL...

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Global Programme on Firearms and the Container Control Programme Training Course
19-20 March 2013 - UNODC provided training to officials of the law enforcement and customs agencies from Albania and Montenegro, who are members of the Joint Port Control Units, established under the framework of the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP). Thus, a training component from Global Project on Firearms was incorporated for the first time...

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UNODC participates in a high level EU conference
21 November 2012 - On 19 November UNODC made a presentation on the UNODC's global state of art and future steps in the implementation of its mandate with regard to the Firearms Protocol at the high level conference "Fight against illicit trafficking in firearms. Where do we stand?". The conference was organized by DG Home Affairs and attended by Ms. Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner....

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MERCOSUR Participation in the XXIII GTAM Meeting
30 October - 2 Novemver 2012 - The MERCOSUR Working Group on Firearms and Ammunition, composed by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Government Authorities responsible for the record keeping, control, authorization, auditing and all activities related to firearms and other materials. This semester the Federative Republic of Brazi...

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Sixth Conference of the Parties, Vienna, Austria - Side Event on the Synergies between the Firearms Protocol, UN PoA and the Arms Trade Treaty
18 October 2012 - The Government of Mexico and the Academic Council of the United Nations System have co-sponsored a side event where the representatives from the Republic of Austria, UNODC and the Geneva Forum discussed about the complementary and mutually reinforcing ...

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Legislative support to Ghana
24 September 2012 - On 18 - 20 September UNODC held meetings in Accra, Ghana, with representatives from the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons and the relevant officials from the Ministry of the Interior and the Police Service. The mission was within the framework of the global project on firearms with a focus on the implementation of the activities...

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Development of a Record Keeping System by Panama and UNODC
16 - 21 September 2012 - The Republic of Panama in a joint initiative with the UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean (ROPAN) and the General Coordinator of the Global Project X34, are developing a record keeping...

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Needs assessment in The Gambia
10 July 2012 - On 04-06 July UNODC held meetings in Banjul, The Gambia, within the framework of the global project on firearms, with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of Justice.

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Regional Seminar on the Firearms Protocol
10 - 12 July 2012 - On 10-12 July in Dakar, Senegal UNODC organized a regional seminar on legislative harmonisation and good practices for the implementation of the Firearms Protocol. Information about the presentations and the group discussions is available in the seminar report, which can be downloaded here.

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Regional Seminar: "Harmonization of legislation and best practices for the implementation of the Firearms Protocol in South America"
25- 27 June 2012 - Buenos Aires, Argentina -The Regional Seminar on the harmonization of laws and best practices for the implementation of the Firearms Protocol in the region, took place on 25, 26 and 27 June in Buenos Aires. The meeting was attended by...
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Global Project X34 Presentation at the OAS

14 to 15 May 2012 - Washington, DC, USA - UNODC was invited by the Organization of American States (OAS) to present the project at the Third Global Conference of States Parties to the Convention...

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Seminar "Disarmament of Civil Society"

7 May 2012  -  In the framework of the Meeting of Ministers of Justice of MERCOSUR and Associated States, a regional seminar was held on "Disarmament of Civil Society: Towards a Comprehensive Regional Strategy"...

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Destruction of Firearms

5 May 2012  -   Argentina - UNODC has participated in the destruction of 10,745 firearms from the "National Voluntary Surrender of Firearms Program", this nationwide program is part of a comprehensive policy for the control and prevention of armed violence, aiming to reduce the circulation of weapons among civilians ...

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Side event on Countering Illicit Firearms Trafficking and Related Criminality

27 April 2012  - UNODC and the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI) co-organized a side event on the development of specialized tools to counter illicit trafficking during the twenty-first session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The event was opened by Pierre Lapaque, Chief of the ...

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Uruguay supports the Firearms Project

28 - 31 March 2012 - On March 28 to 31 during the Montevideo meeting, it has been raised and analyzed, in conjunction with the interagency committee, the need for a law on firearms in accordance with the Firearms Protocol. 

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Regulation of the Firearms Law in Paraguay

25 - 27 March 2012 -  The Republic of Paraguay is working on the regulation of the firearms law, which is categorized as the most modern legislation in the region and presented to be in line with the legislation of Brazil and Argentina, strengthening the fight against illicit trafficking in firearms in the triple border...

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Joint OSCE, UNDP and UNODC mission to the Republic of Moldova

22 March 2012 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) of the Republic of Moldova requested assistance from OSCE and UNODC to assess the national implementation of the UN Firearms Protocol, OSCE Document on SALW, and UNSCR 1540. In line with the UNODC - OSCE Joint Action Plan 2011 - 2012, the representatives of both organizations...

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Bolivia Draft Law on Firearms

19-24 March 2012  - From 19 to 24 March 2012, UNODC has been working actively with the inter-ministerial platform of the plural-national State of Bolivia. Bolivia's advance in the fight against illicit trafficking of firearms has been reflected in the draft law on "Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials", which has been partially approved by the parliament.

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