The illicit proliferation, excessive accumulation and misuse of weapons and ammunition pose a persistent problem for peace and security at the international, national and regional level causing the
violent death of half a million people every year, with 70,000 people dying during armed conflict.
In order to reduce the negative impact on peace and security and to promote sustainable development, governments must address inadequate or obsolete regulation of weapons and ammunition as well as a poor control of licit or illicit stockpiles.
In response to this threat and seeking to improve the weapons and ammunition management (WAM) capacity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the National Commission for Small Arms and Light Weapons Control and Reduction of Armed Violence (CNC-ALPC) of the Government of the DRC (GoDRC) requested the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) to conduct a comprehensive national baseline assessment of actors and capacities in the DRC in line with international voluntary guidelines and standards. The assessment took place in Kinshasa during a series of seminars organized from 2-5 August 2016, facilitated in collaboration with MONUSCO Security Sector Reform and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), and with participation of experts from the Congolese Armed Forces, National Police and the Nature Conservation Institute as well as international partners, including Embassies and international NGOs.
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