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UNMAS MANDATE, IN SUPPORT OF UNOCI

UNMAS has been supporting the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since April 2011, when deploying immediately after the post-electoral crisis to assess the nature of and threat posed by explosive remnants of war (ERW) at the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). Security Council Resolution 2284 (2016) – renewing UNOCI’s mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017 – continues to highlight the importance of UNMAS work in Côte d’Ivoire.

Since 2011, UNMAS has undertaken a wide range of activities to enhance the protection of civilians and support consolidation of peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire, aiming to reduce the threat and build a national capacity able to independently manage weapons and explosive hazards. By mid-2017, UNMAS will have completed the transfer of responsibilities for weapons and ammunition management and for response to the explosive threat to the relevant national authorities.

IMPACT OF UNMAS PROGRAMME IN COTE D'IVOIRE

As such, UNMAS has supported UNOCI’s wider protection and stabilization efforts by providing assistance in three main areas: (i) Protection of civilians; (ii) Security Sector Reform; and (iii) Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR).   

Protecting Civilians against Explosive Hazards:

Strengthening the national capacity to manage explosive hazards:

Supporting Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) operations:

  • UNMAS has played a prominent role in the ‘disarmament’ part of the DDR process that was initiated in 2012 by the National DDR Authority (ADDR) and supported by UNOCI until June 2015. 

  • Overall, UNMAS has supported 1,167 disarmament operations by verifying, securing and storing 21,449 weapons, almost 30,000 items of ammunition and 1,574,000 rounds of Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) collected by ADDR, ComNat or UNOCI DDR section. Additionally, 13,340 unserviceable weapons and small arms were cut at the request of the national authorities.

Clearance of UN sites upon departure of UNOCI troops  

  • With the withdrawal of the troops contributing countries from UNOCI ahead of the full closure of the Mission in June 2017, UNMAS conducts technical surveys and, if necessary, performs clearance or ammunition disposal. So far, UNMAS has cleared 19 contaminated areas and provided support to destroy contingent’s ammunition.

FUNDING

UNMAS in Côte d’Ivoire is funded through the Assessed Budget of UNOCI, which has been renewed until June 2017.

Updated December 2016

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