UNMAS has been supporting the United Nations Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) since April 2011, when deploying immediately after the post-electoral crisis to assess the nature of and threat posed by explosive remnants of war (ERW) at the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). 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.
Since 2011, UNMAS has undertaken a wide range of activities to enhance the protection of civilians and support consolidation of peace and stability in Côte d’Ivoire, aiming to reduce the threat and build a national capacity able to independently manage weapons and explosive hazards. By mid-2017, UNMAS will have completed the transfer of responsibilities for weapons and ammunition management and for response to the explosive threat to the relevant national authorities.
UNMAS supported the national mine action authorities in Côte d'Ivoire to mitigate residual explosive threats to the population by disposing of all known unexploded ordnance (UXO) and ERW, and destroying all known stockpiles of anti-personnel mines and cluster bombs.
UNMAS secured ammunition depots and weapons storage sites to meet international standards of safety and security and enhanced national capacity to manage and secure its weapons and ammunition by providing specialized training to Ivorian defence and security forces.
UNMAS has also enabled Côte d'Ivoire to establish a chain of command and the country’s EOD rapid response capability to respond the explosive threat countrywide, from the strategic level to the technical level, by setting up a planning and coordination cell for conducting EOD operations, providing training to international standards, technical support and mentoring.
UNMAS has played a prominent role in the ‘disarmament’ part of the DDR process that was initiated in 2012 by the National DDR Authority (ADDR) and supported by UNOCI until June 2015. UNMAS supported disarmament operations by verifying, securing and storing weapons and ammunitions collected by ADDR, the National Commission to fight against the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (ComNat) or UNOCI DDR section. UNMAS thus contributes to improving the security of the people in Côte d’Ivoire.
UNMAS in Côte d’Ivoire is funded through the Assessed Budget of UNOCI, which has been renewed until June 2017.
Updated March 2017