Federal Foreign Office supports confidence and security-building measures in Latin America

In 2013 and 2014, Germany is continuing to support small arms control by leading training and seminars in some of the countries in the world most affected by armed violence in Central America. 

In 2012, Germany provided support for the Central American states to the tune of 200,000 euros to fund further training for decision makers in the police force and judicial systems in handling violent crime and in dealing with firearms and munitions as they endeavour to combat crime. The current follow on project provides funding of 220,000 euros.

The series of seminars and further training courses to be held in several Central American states as well as Mexico, will also come up with recommendations for policy making and legislation. Preparations for the future Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) play an important role here. The steps help, for example, to develop an end user certificate for arms exports which meets international standards and regulations. Another focus of the project is to train women in the judiciary and police forces. The seminars will be planned and run by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), 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.

Armed violence is one of the major challenges facing many states in Central America. The murder rates in some countries in the region are amongst the highest in the world. Besides being tragic for the victims and their families, armed violence is a huge obstacle to development.

Last updated 02.01.2014

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