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Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction

The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) Initiative is a long-term, coordinated, regional approach to address the threats posed by excess, unstable, loosely secured or otherwise at-risk stockpiles of conventional weapons and munitions.
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Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS): Latest updates 1987—2013

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) are a global and potentially devastating problem, with a single UEMS incident often resulting in dozens of casualties and millions of dollars in damages. The Small Arms Survey has produced an historical overview of every known UEMS event dating back to 1987. 

The latest update to the Small Arms Survey's online UEMS database includes events up to 1 September 2013, and records thirteen UEMS incidents thus far in 2013. The concentration of the incident locations is the most notable feature, with seven of the thirteen UEMS incidents occurring in the Middle East. Four of these events were in Syria, and at least three of them would appear to be consequences of the civil war.

To date, since 1987, 466 incidents of this nature have been recorded in 90 countries (plus the Palestinian Territories), affecting almost half of UN member states.

The frequency of UEMS incidents has risen dramatically over the course of the last 26-plus years. The first ten years of the UEMS records (1987-1996) saw an average of seven incidents per year. That average rose to over 20 per year during the next ten years (1997-2006) and then up to 29 incidents during each of the last six years (2007-2012).

The UEMS database remains an on-going Small Arms Survey project. New incidents are continuously added as they occur. Data is also retroactively added or amended as new, credible information is uncovered. This update includes new reports of previous UEMS incidents in Bulgaria (2012), Kazakhstan (2010), and South Sudan (then still part of Sudan, in 2003). This update also excludes three incidents previously listed, with new information coming to light that discounted these events.



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