Federal Foreign Office supports confidence and security-building measures in Latin America
Armed violence is one of the major challenges facing many states in Central America. The murder rates in some countries in the region are among the highest in the world. Besides being tragic for the victims and their families, armed violence is a huge obstacle to development. In 2012 Germany is making available 200,000 euro to help the countries of Central America combat crime.
Soldier in Ecuador
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The money will be used to fund further training for decision-makers in the police forces and judicial systems in handling violent crime and in dealing with firearms and munitions. The project series, which envisages seminars in several Central American states as well as Mexico, will also come up with recommendations for policy-making and legislation. The seminars will be planned and run by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC), which is based in Lima. The project will be carried out in close coordination with the Central American Integration System (SICA) and is part of the Security Strategy for Central America.
The Federal Foreign Office is also providing 20,000 euro to help the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) implement a project on the transparency of military expenditure by Latin American and Caribbean states.
Under the project, there will be a dialogue with the finance and defence ministries of the relevant Latin American and Caribbean states (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela) to gather detailed data on military expenditure and improve access to the relevant data sources for future publications.
The purpose of the project is to carry out intensive research and to establish contacts with government officials in the participating Latin American and Caribbean states in order to gather comprehensive, uniform, comparable data which can be used in the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database and for the UN system for the standardized reporting of military expenditures which was set up in 1981. These measures will help in improving the transparency of military expenditure and in confidence-building.
Established in 1966, SIPRI is an independent, international institute for academic research into conflicts, armament, arms control and disarmament. SIPRI has developed a freely accessible database on individual states’ military expenditure, covering around 170 states since 1988. Compiling the necessary data is difficult, for instance because of differing definitions of the term “military expenditure”, (partial) secrecy and extra-budgetary payments.
Last updated 07.03.2012