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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 2284 (2016) – renewing UNOCI’s mandate for a final period until 30 June 2017 – 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 2017.

Updated May 2016

Programme of:

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QUICK FIGURES

Explosive Ordinance Disposal

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

Supporting Disarmament Operations

  • 20,509 weapons, 28,337 items of ammunition and 1,564,101 items of SAA collected and stored.
  • 11,778 unserviceable weapons cut.

Physical Security Stockpile Management

  • 194 weapons and ammunition storage facilities built or refurbished.
  • Ammunition storage guidelines completed (in French).

Trainings

  • BAC for 119 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • PSSM for 101 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • EOD for 145 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • C-IED for 32 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police
  • IEDD for 33 FRCI, Gendarmerie and Police

Armed Violence Reduction

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

Implementing partners in 2016

  • HALO Trust

LINKS

UNOCI Website


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