Small arms and light weapons

destruction of weapons
The UNDP-EU partnership helps make communities safer by engaging in programmes to collect and destroy small arms and light weapons. Photo: SEESAC.

Restricting the flow of weapons is an important part of ensuring security for people and communities - when people feel unsafe or insecure because of high levels of violence or crime, they may be more likely to hold onto weapons and re-start conflict.


Our partnership has supported several countries with the collection and destruction of small arms and light weapons. For example, in the Western Balkans, EU and UNDP have supported the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC). The support has resulted in over 75,000 destroyed weapons in Serbia and Croatia.


The disarmament of ex-combatants is an important way to decrease the circulation of small arms, and the partnership has supported the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) of former combatants into communities.

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EU-UNDP support Serbia to destroy SALW
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With EU and UNDP support, Serbia’s Ministry of Interior organized an activity on 20 December 2012 to destroy 17,000 small arms and light weapons (SALW). This brings the total number of destroyed SALWs with EU-funding in Serbia to 45,285. EU and UNDP also supported the earlier destruction of 30,000 SALWs in Croatia.

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