UNITAR is supporting the UN Department of Peace Operations (DPO) and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) through implementing a joint project on Effective Weapons and Ammunition Management in a Changing DDR Context, based on the handbook published by DPO and UNODA in 2018.
The objective of the initiative is to build the capacities of DDR practitioners to increase coherence and effectiveness of arms control in peace operations, in the framework of the new UN Approach to DDR and changing DDR contexts.
The blended training course developed by UNITAR in collaboration with DPO, ODA and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNREC) includes an online module and a face-to-face component. The online course, available on the UNITAR training platform, comprehends interactive modules as well as all relevant documents and is based on the fictitious scenario in which the activities of weapons and ammunition management take place. The face-to-face component is structured across a 5-day agenda designed to provide participants with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to plan WAM activities in DDR context in line with international and regional standards, guidelines and regulations and to safely manage weapons and ammunition collected in a DDR context. The first edition also included a practical session on how to mark, record, store and dispose of DDR weapons and ammunition.
After the 2018 pilot training, the first edition of the blended training took place in August 2019 at the UNREC facilities in Lomé and at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra for the practical session. The second edition is foreseen in 2020.