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UNMAS MANDATE, IN SUPPORT OF UNOCI

UNMAS has been supporting the work of the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since April 2011. At the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UNMAS deployed immediately after the post-electoral crisis to assess the nature of and threat posed by explosive remnants of war (ERW). Security Council Resolution 2226 (2015) – renewing UNOCI’s mandate until June 2016 – continues to highlight the importance of UNMAS work in Côte d’Ivoire.

UNMAS undertakes a wide range of activities to enhance the protection of civilians and promote stabilization in Côte d’Ivoire.

IMPACT

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 (DDR); and (iii) Security Sector Reform.   

(i) Protecting Civilians against Explosive Hazards:

(ii) Support to DDR operations:

(iii) Strengthening the national capacity to manage explosive hazards:

CHALLENGES

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. 

FUNDING

UNMAS in Côte d’Ivoire is funded through the Assessed Budget of UNOCI, which has been renewed until June 2016.

Updated February 2016

Programme of:

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QUICK FIGURES

Explosive Ordinance Disposal

  1. 303 EOD rapid response interventions deployed.
  2. 234 tons of unserviceable and obsolete ammunition destroyed.
  3. 842 stockpiled anti-personnel mines destroyed.
  4. 68 stockpiled cluster bombs destroyed.
  5. 860,000 sq m of land cleared through battle area clearance.

Supporting Disarmament Operations

  1. 20,024 weapons, 28,289 items of ammunition and 1,562977 items of SAA collected and stored.
  2. 11,030 unserviceable weapons cut.

Physical Security Stockpile Management

  1. 185 weapons and ammunition storage facilities built or refurbished.
  2. Ammunition storage guidelines completed (in French).

Trainings

  1. BAC for 119 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  2. PSSM for 81 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  3. EOD for 104 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  4. C-IED for 33 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  5. IEDD for 53 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police

Armed Violence Reduction

  1. 11,401 beneficiaries of ERW/SALW risk education sessions - 35% of them women
  2. Community-Gendarmerie dialogue sessions held in 13 communities in the West.

Implementing partners in 2015/16

  1. HALO Trust, TDI, Minetech

LINKS

UNOCI Website


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