On 22 February 2022, UNODC Global Firearms Programme (GFP) held a meeting on firearms data collection in Serbia. The overall meeting objective is to collect information on data collection practices, in order to provide a baseline assessment and give recommendations to ensure submission of high-quality information to UNODC’s Illicit Arms Flow Initiative on regular basis.
The meeting was attended by the representatives of the Ministry of Interior and Public Prosecutor’s Office that are engaged on data collection and reporting to UNODC’s Illicit Arms Flows Questionnaire (IAFQ).
During the fruitful discussion between national authorities and UNODC GFP, statistical capacities of the local institutions were assessed, in terms of qualitative and quantitative firearms-related data that is being collected, which was compared with the requirements needed to fill-in the IAFQ. In addition, a meeting session was dedicated to joint consideration of the IAFQ and its chapters.
In the upcoming period, UNODC GFP will draft a baseline assessment and provide recommendations to the local authorities, with an aim to improve the collection of firearms-related data in Serbia and the region.
This activity is implemented with the financial support provided by Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, and Norway through the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap Trust Fund and supported by the European Union.