Roadmap Regional Project coordinated by UNDP SEESAC featured in the Funding Windows 2019 Annual Report
The Funding Windows Annual Report 2019 provides a broad range of results achieved through UNDP’s Funding Windows pooled funding mechanism, thanks to contributions provided by Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sweden and Switzerland in 2019.
This year’s report features the Regional Project Support to the Implementation of the Roadmap for a Sustainable Solution to the Illegal Possession, Misuse and Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their Ammunition in the Western Balkans, coordinated by UNDP SEESAC and implemented in cooperation with UNDP Offices in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia. The Regional Project is funded by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany, with a EUR 5.5 million contribution provided through the Funding Windows. The project includes activities covering areas such as criminal investigation, countering illicit arms trafficking, data collection and record-keeping, and gender mainstreaming in arms control.
Early results achieved by the Regional Project in 2019 include the destruction of 1,439 pieces of ammunition in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which decreased the risk of uncontrolled explosions and enabled safer options for development. Also in Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNDP worked with the Border Police to counter illicit arms trafficking and scale up a unified approach to processing crimes related to arms smuggling. In Kosovo, the project supported green border police and customs officer to increase the detection of illicit weapons, ammunition and explosives.
In addition to the rich and extensive country reports across the four windows (i.e. Poverty and Inequality; Governance, Peacebuilding, Crisis and Resilience; Nature, Climate and Energy; and Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) the 2019 report includes a ‘Highlights’ section with key common threads across the four Windows, a self-reflective ‘Challenges’ section, and a ‘Looking Forward’ section on the revamped structure and the implications of COVID-19.