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SANA SDG 16 focus: Research on capacities for monitoring arms flows in the Sahel, and RevCon3 side event


New research in English and French from the Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project examines the capacities of different actors to monitor illicit arms flows in the Sahel region. Monitoring illicit arms flows is critical to measuring states’ progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—especially Target 16.4, which calls for a significant reduction of illicit arms flows by 2030. With its two new Briefing Papers and a RevCon3 side event on the topic, the SANA project aims to illustrate what SDG 16 implementation can look like on the ground.

Monitoring Illicit Arms Flows: The Role of UN Peacekeeping Operations

UN peacekeeping operations are in a unique position to monitor flows of illicit arms and ammunition in their areas of operation. This Briefing Paper reviews the mandates of peacekeeping operations as well as their differing approaches towards monitoring illicit arms flows, and features case studies on peacekeeping operations in Côte d'Ivoire and Mali.


Monitoring des armes au Sahel: Les institutions nationales forensiques

Le rôle des institutions forensiques nationales dans la détection et le suivi des flux d’armes dans le Sahel est peu documenté.  L’examen des capacités de ces acteurs dans trois pays sahéliens—la Mauritanie, le Niger et le Tchad—révèle qu’ils disposent d’informations pertinentes et potentiellement utiles à cet égard. Il conviendrait désormais de faire évoluer les pratiques pour leur permettre de jouer pleinement leur rôle.


SANA RevCon3 side event—Monitoring SDG 16: Arms flows and violent deaths in North Africa and the Sahel

At this event, experts will examine challenges and opportunities for monitoring progress towards SDG Targets 16.1 (reduction in all forms of violence and related death rates) and 16.4 (reduction in arms flows) in North Africa and the Sahel. Their work highlights the need for a multiple-source and multiple-actor approach, spelling out roles for a broad range of stakeholders—including national institutions, peacekeeping missions, civil society, and academia. The panel will further reflect on the feasibility and utility of specific regional- and national- level indicators for measuring progress towards a significant reduction of illicit arms flows.


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