UNREC Regional Workshop on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in the Sahel Region
Within the framework of the 'Physical Security and Stockpile Management Project' (PSSM) in the Sahel, UNREC, with the support of the Togolese authorities, hosted a regional workshop on 15 – 17 November 2016, in Lomé, Togo. The workshop brought together international experts from regional and nongovernmental organizations that are actively engaged in PSSM activities and senior government officers from the beneficiary countries of the PSSM project. The meeting aimed at sharing experiences and information, which were gained from the National Consultations held in these countries during the initial phase of the PSSM project. During the three days of the meeting, national and international experts reviewed the findings of the initial phase of the project on Small and Light Weapons (SALW) legislation, administrative and operational procedures with the aim of establishing the necessary requirements in order to align them with sub-regional and international standards and obligations under the different international instruments.
The Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) in Sahel Project is a regional project implemented by UNREC and co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). It covers Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria. Designated partners for the implementation of the project are the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the non-governmental organization Mines Advisory Group (MAG), the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit and Wilton Park. Through three years of funding, beneficiary countries are provided with support to reform their legal systems in order to align them with international standards and to achieve conformity with their obligations under different global and regional arms-control treaties and instruments. Countries are also provided with support to build their technical capacity to administer and operate arms security and management systems in accordance with internationally established norms and standards. These include training in the implementation of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACSs) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs). A key feature of this project is the piloting of 18 model arms-stockage installations to be used as in-country reference points in training and development of similar installations. The PSSM in Sahel project is part of the support by the United Nations and the European Union to the security and stability in the Sahel and aims to support States in this region to prevent the diversion and the illicit trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), as well as their ammunition, by improving the physical security and management of national stockpiles.
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC)
B.P. 2705 Lomé – Togo
Phone: +228 (0)22 53 50 00
Fax: +228 (0)22 50 43 15
Point of Contact: Lewis Kamau KANYOKO, PSSM Project Coordinator
Phone: +228 (0)22 53 50 00