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New MPOME Workshop report: Discussions on loss of arms and ammunition from peace operations in Africa

New report from the Small Arms Survey summarizes discussions of second workshop held to delve deeper into the challenges of managing arms in peace operations.

The Second Regional Workshop of the Making Peace Operations More Effective (MPOME) project was held 13–14 March 2018 in partnership with the International Peace Support Training Center (IPSTC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The report provides a record of discussions on the loss of arms and ammunition from the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Sudan, the Multi-National Joint Task Force against Boko Haram, and the African Union Mission in Somalia. Existing control measures and necessary improvements were also highlighted, as well as the role of women in preventing future losses.

The workshop, supported by Global Affairs Canada and German Federal Foreign Office, was the second in a series of regional consultations with troop- and police- contributing countries, regional organizations sponsoring peace operations, UN mission representatives, and subject matter experts to explore the challenges of managing arms in peace operations in the context of preventing the illicit circulation of weapons in conflict zones. The first workshop took place in April 2017 in Accra, Ghana and focused on West Africa; and the third and fourth workshops will take place in October 2018 in Montevideo, Uruguay for the Americas region and in December 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, for the transatlantic region.

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