Support for Increased International Cooperation in Criminal Matters

The project, implemented by UNODC's Global Firearms Programme, in partnership with INTERPOL, aims to provide support to the Western Balkans jurisdictions in collecting and analyzing criminal justice data, to facilitate and strengthen the cooperation and information exchange between criminal justice practitioners, and to support the detection of illicit firearms trafficking. The assistance by both organizations should lead to the Western Balkans jurisdictions achieving measurable results in the implementation of the Roadmap, including the connection of all police services to INTERPOL’s Illicit Arms Records and Tracing Management System (iARMS), information exchange with countries located along connected routes, and improved understanding of the gaps in the detection of firearms in postal shipments.

The project contributes to Roadmap Goals 2 and 3, and key performance indicators 6, 8, and 9 of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons and their ammunition in the Western Balkans.

Budget: $1,604,153

Implementing period: June 2021 – December 2023