Stockpile management and security

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Around 14,000 people remain homeless in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, weeks after a munitions depot exploded, killing 223 people, wounding 2,500 and destroying large parts of the city.

Over 200 people were killed and at least 1,500 people were injured by explosions at an ammunition depot in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 3 March.

The Small Arms Survey has released a new report assessing arms and ammunition stockpiles in southeastern Europe by volume, value, and the cost they represent to national defence budgets.

The rate of accidents at munitions storage sites has risen to unprecedented levels in 2011, according to a report on the IRIN news site. Quoting the Small Arms Survey, it says “During the first ten months of 2011, the average number of explosions has increased to more than three per month

From August to October 2011, there were 8 explosions at munitions sites in Russia, Denmark, China, Croatia, Serbia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, killing at least 18 and injuring 33 people.

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This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

An article by the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) about the devastating effects of poorly secured weapons and ammunition stockpiles in many developing countries has been published on the Defence Management Journal website.

The annual report of the United States Conventional Weapons Destruction program, ‘To Walk the Earth in Safety’, has been released.

A timeline covering major accidents at munitions depots from 1997 to 2009 around the world has been published by the US government.