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The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), in collaboration with the Government of Burkina Faso, through Burkina Faso’s National Commission for the Fight against the Proliferation of Small Arms (CNLPAL), organized a training-of-trainers workshop on standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of weapons and ammunition, in Ouagadougou, from 26 to 30 March 2018.

The workshop trained officials directly involved in the management of weapons and ammunition storage sites, as well as officials from security services such as the army, the gendarmerie, the police, customs, correction and national parks

UNREC had developed the SOPs based upon the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines. Burkina Faso experts then reviewed and validated the SOPs, and amended the manual that accompanies them at a previous workshop held in October 2017.

The workshop is part of UNREC’s PSSM Sahel project. The project aims to assist six States in the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Nigeria) to prevent the diversion and trafficking of small arms and light weapons and their ammunition. The project in partnership with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) and Mine Action Group (MAG) is funded by the European Union.

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