The Global Firearms Programme participates in a local coordination meeting to counter firearms trafficking in the Western Balkans

On 18 October 2018, UNODC's Global Firearms Programme (GFP) took part in the last meeting of the local coordination groups on illicit firearms trafficking in the Western Balkans, which was held in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The meeting is a part of the process for developing national action plans for the implementation of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Western Balkans by 2024.

The Roadmap represents the consensus reached among all stakeholders in the region about the current challenges, the overall targets to be reached, and contains a timeline of actions to be taken. UNODC GFP participates in this process through contributions towards the formulation of the national action plans and identification of support for the countries in the Western Balkans to strengthen their criminal justice response in countering trafficking in firearms.