Third Year of Supporting Small Arms and Light Weapons Control Roadmap: UN Multi-Partner Trust Fund’s Annual Report

The third annual report of the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illicit possession, misuse and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024 is now available for online reading. The report marks the third year in the Fund’s existence and represents the consolidation of its support to the Roadmap’s implementation over 2021.

During the previous year, six new projects were initiated thus the total number of projects funded by the Fund was increased to ten, with an overall budget of $12 million. By funding the new projects, the Fund has extended its support to the whole Western Balkans. New areas of intervention were also introduced, in line with the needs and priorities of each jurisdiction. These include forensics and ballistics examinations, raising awareness about the dangers of firearms misuse, physical security and stockpile management, and information exchange with INTERPOL. Finally, the Trust Fund provided support for replicating and scaling up previous initiatives, demonstrating the catalytic investment of the Fund.

To access the report, please click here.

The Western Balkans Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control Roadmap Multi-Partner Trust Fund supports a donor-coordinated approach to the implementation of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition in the Western Balkans. This pooled fund strengthens coordination, planning and communication among all partners, fosters collaboration, and reduces risks to governments and financial contributors.

The Fund’s contributors include those of Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, France, the Netherlands, and Norway. Administrated by the United Nations Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Fund is supported by SEESAC which also serves as its secretariat.

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