Weapons collection and destruction

Firearms remain lethal for many years after manufacture. In Iraq, guns dating from 1918 are still being used. When weapons remain in struggling post-conflict societies, they can cause more damage than they did during the conflict. In El Salvador, more people were shot dead in 10 years of peace than during the previous 12 years of war. And the overall number of these weapons is increasing - an estimated 10 guns are manufactured for every gun destroyed.

In post-conflict situations, weapons collection is an important aspect of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) and related processes. The UN published International DDR Standards in 2006. Collection programs have also been successful in non-conflict situations, such as gun amnesties in Australia and Brazil.

Public gun destructions have been used to raise awareness, improve public confidence and symbolise an end to conflict. Examples have been 'flames of peace' in Cambodia and Mali, and gun sculptures in Macedonia and Mozambique.

Últimas noticias

Centro de Recursos Para El Análisis de Conflictos (CARS), un miembro de IANSA en Colombia, informa que la mayor destrucción de armas nunca antes vista en el país tuvo lugar en la ciudad de Sogamoso en el Día Internacional de la Paz, 21 de septiembre.

Renowned Argentinian singer Leon Gieco is backing a national campaign for disarmament in Argentina.

From 20 to 21 January 2011, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the Government of China held a regional workshop on strengthening the capacity of the media in advocating and promoting peace and disarmament in Asia and the Pacific.

Sou da Paz has launched a new plan for arms control for the city of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

20,168 guns were melted down and destroyed in Campana, Argentina on 11 December 2010 as part of a government plan for nationwide voluntary disarmament.

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