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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:


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


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 November 2014

Programme of:




Explosive Ordinance Disposal

  • 256 EOD rapid response interventions deployed at the request of local authorities.
  • 77 tons of unserviceable and obsolete ammunition destroyed.
  • 842 stockpiled anti-personnel mines destroyed.
  • 68 stockpiled cluster bombs destroyed.
  • 860,000 m2 of land cleared through BAC.

Support to Disarmament operations:

  • 14,857 weapons, 15,195 items of ammunition and 713,799 items of SAA collected and stored.
  • 7,557 unserviceable weapons cut.

Physical Security Stockpile Management (PSSM):

  • 152 weapon and ammunition storage facilities built or refurbished
  • Ammunition storage guidelines completed (in French)


  • BAC for 100 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • PSSM for 34 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • EOD for 89 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • C-IED for 33 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • IEDD for 11 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police

Armed Violence Reduction

  • 4,115 beneficiaries of ERW/SALW risk education sessions - 35% of them women
  • Community-Gendarmerie dialogue sessions held in 8 communities in the West.

Implementing partners in 2014/15

  • HALO Trust, DDG


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