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Group of Governmental Experts on Problems Arising from the Accumulation of Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles in Surplus



In September 2021, the Group of Governmental Experts published their report on “Problems Arising from the Accumulation of Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles in Surplus”, as per the request of the General Assembly in resolution 72/55 in 2017. The Secretary-General established the Group of Governmental Experts in 2020. In accordance with the request of the General Assembly, the Group of Governmental Experts has considered matters relevant to problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition stockpiles in surplus, taking into account the exchanges in the open, informal consultations held in 2018 and 2019.

The Group notes that safety and security problems associated with conventional ammunition extend beyond national stockpile facilities. In the case of safety risks, the management of conventional ammunition poses challenges throughout its life – from the factory to its eventual use or disposal. Equally, from a security perspective, ammunition is vulnerable to diversion throughout its life – whether during storage, transport, or deployment – and along the full length of the supply chain.

The Group therefore adopted a more comprehensive approach to understanding safety and security risks posed by conventional ammunition than its predecessor, the 2008 Group of Governmental Experts, which had focused largely on the management of national ammunition stockpiles (A/63/182). The Group determined that there is a pressing need to concentrate on through-life ammunition management as a means to identify and address ammunition safety and security risks. It also stressed that through-life ammunition management, if it is to be effective, must apply to all convention ammunition types. In this regard, the Group noted that most existing frameworks address small arms and light weapons ammunition only, which leaves many of the risks associated with larger ammunition calibres unaddressed.

Unedited Final Report by the Group of Governmental Experts on Problems Arising from the Accumulation of Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles in Surplus (September 2021)

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