Roadmap for countering firearms trafficking in the Western Balkans: 2 nd regional meeting

On 20-21 November 2019, UNODC's Global Firearms Programme (GFP) participated in the 2nd Regional Coordination Meeting on the implementation of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024, which was held in Tirana, Albania.  


The meeting has gathered representatives of SALW Commissions from the Western Balkans, responsible for the Roadmap's implementation, representatives of international organizations engaged in arms control in the region, as well as the key donors in the area. The participants reviewed the progress in the implementation of the Roadmap in the period Jan-June 2019 and identified key challenges. The forum provided an opportunity to inform and coordinate activities within the specific goals of the Roadmap, to present the baseline data as collected by the authorities on the Roadmap's Key Performance Indicators, to discuss contributions from the international organizations, and to identify donor support for the initiative.

In its presentation, UNODC's GFP has provided an overview of its role in the implementation of the Roadmap, highlighted the results achieved so far, including legislative assistance and capacity building. In its interventions, UNODC's GFP identified its priorities for each country in the region under the Roadmap and briefed its partners on the planned activities for 2020.