UNMAS has been supporting the work of the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since April 2011, after deploying at the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), immediately after the post-electoral crisis, to assess the nature of and threat posed by explosive remnants of war (ERW). Security Council Resolution 2162 (2014) – renewing UNOCI’s mandate until June 2015 – continues to highlight the importance of UNMAS work in Côte d’Ivoire.
As such, UNMAS supports UNOCI’s wider protection and stabilization efforts by providing assistance in three main areas: (i) Protection of civilians; (ii) Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration; and (iii) Reconstitution and Reform of Security institutions.
UNMAS delivers many interventions as part of UNOCI’s efforts to enhance protection and stabilisation in Côte d’Ivoire:
Protecting Civilians against Explosive Hazards:
Demobilising, Disarming and Reintegrating Ex-Combatants:
Reforming Security Sector:
Implementing a stockpile management project requires genuine political will from the host Government. UNMAS in Côte d’Ivoire provides a good example of a successful partnership with national authorities, where UNMAS collaborates closely with the military, police and Gendarmerie to improve their capacity to develop the infrastructure of armories and ammunition depots, provide technical training and advisory. The National Commission on Small Arms established a working group on stockpile management, gathering all national security forces and international partners. Within this group, Ivorian security forces define their own priorities for rehabilitation works, enabling UNMAS to take action and provide support accordingly.
UNMAS in Côte d’Ivoire is funded through the Assessed Budget of UNOCI, which has been renewed until June 2015
Updated April 2015