UNMAS is working in support 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) in the immediate aftermath of the post-electoral crisis to assess the nature 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, Demobilization and Reintegration; and (iii) Reconstitution and Reform of Security institutions.
UNMAS delivers a large array of interventions as part of UNOCI’s efforts to enhance the protection and stabilization in Côte d’Ivoire:
Protection of Civilians against explosive hazards:
Demobilization, Disarmament and Reintegration of ex-combatants:
Security Sector Reform:
Implementing a Stockpile Management project requires genuine political will from the host Government. UNMAS programme in Côte d’Ivoire provides a good example of a successful partnership with national authorities, where UNMAS works in close collaboration with the Military, the Gendarmerie and the National Police to improve their capacity in terms of infrastructure development of armories and ammunition depots, technical trainings and technical advisory. The 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.
UNMAS programme in Côte d’Ivoire is funded through the Assessed Budget of UNOCI, which has just been renewed until June 2015.
Updated August 2014