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Making Peace Operations More Effective

The number of peacekeeping forces deployed in recent years is at historic highs. The security of the men and women serving in these missions—and of the weapons, ammunition, and equipment in their possession—is frequently at risk. Indeed, the Small Arms Survey has shown through two ground-breaking reports that the loss of lethal materiel from peace operations is considerably greater than previously understood: it is neither infrequent nor inconsequential. The Survey has documented that peacekeepers have lost thousands of weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition. Moreover, much of this loss was likely preventable. The studies also indicate that oversight and proper management mechanisms are lacking for weapons and ammunition that peacekeepers recover outside of formal collection programs. The unauthorized acquisition of this materiel makes the difficult and crucially important work of peacekeepers even more challenging. It undermines their ability to implement their mandates—including the protection of civilians—and adversely affects their own safety and security.

Despite the important security and humanitarian policy and programming challenges that these findings entail, the loss of materiel from peace operations has not yet received the attention it merits at the policy-making and operational levels. 

The Small Arms Survey’s Making Peace Operations More Effective (MPOME) project addresses these concerns in four ways:

  • by deepening understandings of the loss of materiel from peace operations through a series of regional conferences;
  • by developing training modules and good practice guidelines to counter losses in cooperation with major troop- and police-contributing countries;
  • by working directly with the United Nations (UN), the African Union, and regional organizations to develop mechanisms to improve stockpile security and administrative oversight of materiel; and
  • by highlighting findings and initiatives with policymakers, programmers, and experts at relevant international forums (such as at the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and the UN General Assembly).

The four initial components of this project will be implemented over the period December 2016 to March 2019.

» Visit the MPOME website

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