Project:   Firearms Destruction and Stockpile Management Assistance Package for Caribbean States – Phase I
Description:   Phase I of this assistance package aims at obtaining needs-based information on the small arms situation in The Caribbean with a view to elaborating an action plan to reduce the availability and amounts of small arms in circulation and to improve the security and management of national stockpile management facilities, as well as to strengthening the capacities of the law enforcement community and national authorities in order to maximize the institutional mechanisms in favour of a safer Caribbean.

Eight States are the target of Phase I of this assistance package: Belize, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The assistance package is comprised of the following :

Awareness raising workshop
Assessment mission
Baseline report and national action plan
Best practices workshop
Increase knowledge on the registration, collection and destruction of State surplus and obsolete firearms and ammunition, and the mechanisms in place – or the lack thereof – to successfully carry out firearms destruction initiatives;
Increase knowledge on firearms and ammunition stockpile management in Caribbean States and the mechanisms in place – or the lack thereof – to successfully carry out stockpile management initiatives;
Improve control over the destruction of seized, surplus and obsolete firearms and ammunition, and management of firearms and ammunition stockpiles previously in the hands of civilians;
Strengthen national coordination for the effective implementation of an action plan for improving the security of stockpile management, and the national firearms registry, highlighting the benefits of carrying-out a weapons collection/destruction process;
Introduce international standards and best-practices into all facets of national small arms procedures, resulting in safer interventions and working practices;
Reduce the impact of small arms in the sub-region by improving the safety and efficiency of stockpile facilities and management, collection and destruction processes; and
Contribute to the effective implementation of disarmament-related norms and agreements.
Activities:   List of activities
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Jamaican Workshop Summary
Participants from diverse national law enforcement institutions are placed into inter-institutional working groups that will remain in place throughout the theoretical phase of the course. During the course introduction participants begin by participating in a role play called the Chain of Co-Responsibility that charts a legally authorized firearms transfer that eventually is diverted to illicit actors and used to commit a human rights violation.

Law enforcement community and other relevant national authorities United Nations Development Programme