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UNMAS IN CÔTE D’IVOIRE

At the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UNMAS first deployed mine action staff to Côte d’Ivoire in April 2011, in the immediate aftermath of the post-electoral crisis, in order to conduct an emergency assessment of the situation with regards to explosive remnants of war (ERW). 

In Security Council Resolutions 2112 (2013), revising the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), reference is made, inter alia, to the importance of UNOCI to “continue to assist the national authorities […] in collecting, registering, securing and disposing of weapons and in clearing explosive remnants of war, as appropriate.”

IMPACT IN 2012-2013

UNMAS, together with its implementing partners and National Authorities, have enhanced the protection and stabilization efforts in Côte d’Ivoire by carrying out the following activities: (i) Battle Area Clearance (BAC) in Abidjan, (ii) disposal of single UXO’s on a call out basis, (iii) development of national standards for ammunition storage, (iv) assessments of ammunition storage facilities throughout the country, (v) provision of training in ammunition management and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)to National Authorities (vi) disposal of non-serviceable ammunition, (vii) disposal of all known stockpiles of anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions, (viii) refurbishment/rehabilitation of ammunition storage facilities and armouries,  (ix) provision of a small arms and light weapons disposal capacity in support of DDR, (xii) provision of training in Improvised Explosive Device Defeat, and (xiii) implementation of an Armed Violence Reduction project.

SUPPORT TO UNOCI

UNMAS works in support of UNOCI’s wider protection and stabilization efforts by providing assistance in the following three main areas:                                  

CHALLENGES

Running a Stockpile Management project requires genuine political will from the host Government. The UNMAS pilot project in Côte d’Ivoire is a good example of a successful partnership with national authorities, where UNMAS works in close collaboration with the Forces républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI), the Gendarmerie and the National Police to improve their capacity in this regard. This includes both infrastructure development of armories and ammunition depots and technical training. The Ivoirian National Commission on Small Arms established a technical working group on Stockpile Management, gathering all national security forces and international partners. Within this working group, the Ivorian security forces define their own priorities in terms of rehabilitation works, enabling UNMAS to take action and provide support in accordance herewith. 

FUNDING IN 2013 - 2014

The UNMAS programme in Côte d’Ivoire is currently funded through the assessed budget of UNOCI until June 2014. 

Updated April 2014

Programme of:

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QUICK FIGURES

  • 244 EOD rapid response interventions
  • 8,298 UXO destroyed
  • 75,207.03 kg of unserviceable and expired ammunition destroyed
  • 860,000 sqm cleared through Battle Area Clearance (BAC)
  • 56 assessments of ammunition storage facilities carried out
  • 54 weapon and ammunition storage facilities refurbished
  • 80 FRCI engineers and 20 Gendarmes trained in BAC
  • 26  students from FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police  trained in PSSM and 50 trained in  EOD activities
  • 33 students trained in C-IED and 11 trained in IEDD
  • 10,641 weapons, 10,326 items of ammunition and 422,645 items of SAA processed;
  • 842 stockpiled AP landmines destroyed
  • 68 stockpiled cluster bombs destroyed in compliance with Oslo Convention
  •  Ammunition storage guidelines completed (in French) 
  • 66,035 kg of unserviceable and expired ammunition has been destroyed
  • 860,000 sq. metres have been cleared through Battle Area Clearance (BAC)
  • 54 assessments of ammunition storage facilities carried out
  • Refurbishment of 57 weapon and ammunition storage facilities
  • 80 FRCI engineers and 20 Gendarmes trained in BAC
  • 26  students from FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police  trained in PSSM and 50 trained in  EOD activities
  • 11,795 weapons and 89,246 items of ammunition processed;
  • 842 stockpiled AP landmines have been destroyed
  • 68 stockpiled cluster bombs have been destroyed in compliance with Oslo Convention

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PHOTOS

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