UNDP and the German Embassy signed a new project agreement to support security sector

15 October 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German Embassy signed an agreement to support Kosovo’s institutions in controlling the widespread possession and circulation of small arms and light weapons and to improve gun crime investigation.

The new initiative, which will be part of the Kosovo Safety and Security Project (KSSP) will assist Kosovo’s institutions in reducing illicit weapons, strengthening legislative framework in line with recent EU Directives and enhancing gun crime investigation capabilities. Through this project support will be provided in:

  •  harmonization of the legal framework on weapons based on recent EU directives;
  •  implementation of the Kosovo law on legalization and voluntary surrender of weapons, ammunition and explosive devices; and
  • in updating the weapon registration, licensing, import and export database.

German Ambassador Christian Heldt confirmed his country’s continued commitment since 2014 in supporting SALW initiatives for the security sector in Kosovo. “We are proud to continue this extremely important project with UNDP which aims to support Kosovar institutions in reducing the amount of small arms and light weapons in the country and thereby increasing overall safety for Kosovar citizens,“ said Ambassador Heldt.

The Federal Republic of Germany and the Embassy in Pristina are strong advocates for increasing public safety in Kosovo and continue to work with UNDP Office in Kosovo in providing technical support and expertise to this end.

UN Development Coordinator /UNDP Resident Representative, Ulrika Richardson, expressed her appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany for their trust and commitment towards UNDP in supporting the SALW control. “The work to address Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control is part of the UNDP commitment to promote human security and sustainable development in Kosovo and to fulfil its international responsibilities as well contribute to regional and international security specifically implementing the roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of SALW in the Western Balkans by 2024,” emphasized Ms. Richardson.

The total value of the signed agreement is more than 130 thousand Euros.

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