UNLIREC Destroys Firearms and Small Arms and Light Weapons Ammunition in Trinidad and Tobago

Activity description

The purpose of UNLIREC's continuous assistance was to support the destruction of approximately 3,909 firearms and approximately 9,147 tonnes of small arms ammunition in Trinidad and Tobago. The firearms were destroyed using a combination of hydraulic shears and chop saws and the ammunition was destroyed using a combination of the Small Arms Ammunition Burning Tank (SAABT), designed by UNLIREC, and the open detonation method. All destruction activities were conducted using UNLIREC´s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which are in accordance with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).

Project description

UNLIREC’s Firearms Destruction and Stockpile Management Caribbean Assistance Package helped Caribbean Member States implement key measures called for in the UN 2001 Programme of Action on SALW for combating illicit firearms trafficking, proliferation and preventing armed violence. The assistance package paid particular attention to the promotion of sound stockpile management practices and the regular destruction of surplus, obsolete, and confiscated weapons, ammunition and explosives. As part of this project, UNLIREC donated firearms and ammunition destruction equipment and stockpile management material and trained law enforcement officials in various weapons and ammunition destruction methods to ensure sustainability.

Type of Activity
Institutional capacity-building
Technical material or financial assistance
Focus of Activity
Inventory and stockpile management
Small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls
Trinidad and Tobago
United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)
Contact Details

United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Address: Complejo Javier Pérez de Cuellar Av. Pérez Aranibar 750 Magdalena del Mar – Lima 17, Perú
Phone: +51 1 6259114
Fax: +51 1 6259100
Email: information@unlirec.org
Website: http://unlirec.org/