UNDP, KFOR, and SEESAC discuss SALW ControlMar 1, 2017
UNDP in Kosovo office hosted a conference on small arms and light weapons (SALW) control on 1 March. Major General Giovanni Fungo, COMKFOR, representatives of subordinate units of KFOR, The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) representatives and UNDP officials got together to discuss awareness raising on the danger of illegal possession of SALW in the hands of Kosovo citizens.
In his opening statement KFOR Commander, Major General Giovanni Fungo emphasized that "the large number of illegal weapons is a bad heritage of the past conflict and these weapons pose an everyday threat to common citizens”.
South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the control of SALW (SEESAC) has a mandate from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) to further support all international and national stakeholders by strengthening national and regional capacity to control and reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, and thus contribute to enhanced stability, security and development in South Eastern and Eastern Europe. The SEESAC representatives presented their work on the SALW control from the regional perspective in the past and for the next three years as well as activities of the SEESAC extended mandate related to gender in the military.
During the conference, achievements of the local UNDP project and their way forward were presented. Firearms Explosives Risk Minimization (FERM) Project’s main objective is to assist the local stakeholders to control Small Arms and Light Weapons in accordance to UN, OSCE and EU standards. The project is a follow of Kosovo Small Arms Control and has been ongoing for the past 2 years and has been instrumental in controlling SALW at the local, Kosovo level, more specially support in the following functional areas: Cross boundary control, Legislative framework, Management of information, Small arms light weapons awareness and advocacy, Small Arms Light Weapons Collection, Small Arms Light Weapons Destruction, Stockpile Management, Safer Community Development and Capacity Development. Main beneficiaries of this project are Ministry of Internal Affairs, Kosovo Police and Kosovo Forensic Agency.
Alessandra Roccasalvo thanked everyone for their participation, commitment and willingness to work for as common good: what we are doing here is a win-win platform working together to make Kosovo a better and safer place for all”.