Beyond the need for greater efforts to reduce the excessive accumulation of arms, it remains essential that States ensure effective physical security and management of their stockpiles.

Antonio Guterres
United Nations Secretary-General, Securing Our Common Future

The initiative

In January 2019, the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) launched a technical assistance mechanism entitled Ammunition Management Advisory Team (AMAT) to support States in ammunition management in accordance with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).


The mission

To strengthen the capacities of states to improve the safety and security of ammunition stockpiles (in line with the IATG), thus contributing to the global reduction of the risk of accidental explosions and illicit diversion, ensuring safer communities and more stable states and societies.

AMAT objectives & lines of services
AMAT works with its partners to fulfil three objectives, namely: Increased awareness of good practice (through promotion of norms, policies and standards) Strengthened national capacities (through provision of technical advice and services, in line with the IATG) More effective and sustainable international cooperation and assistance (through matching needs, resources and expertise as well as through support to the UN SaferGuard Programme)
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Mode of operation
AMAT is part of the GICHD and operates in a strategic partnership with the UN SaferGuard Programme. AMAT receives advice from its Advisory Council which comprises states, UN agencies, regional organisations and field implementing partners active in ammunition management. AMAT responds to assistance requests from states as well as service requests from the UN SaferGuard Programme and partners, with due consideration to available resources, organisation of work (annual work plans) and assessment of risks involved. Beyond its own staff capacity, AMAT manages the UN SaferGuard roster of experts and welcomes seconded personnel from states to expand its capacity to accommodate requests for assistance and services in a more effective and comprehensive manner.
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Governance & Partners
AMAT is an integral part of the GICHD and operates in a strategic partnership with the UN SaferGuard Programme. It is governed by the GICHD Council of Foundation and receives advice from the AMAT Advisory Council. AMAT receives financial support from the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), the Swiss Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS) and the UN Office for Disarmement Affairs (UNODA). It also receives in-kind support from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Defence.
The team
AMAT commenced activity in 2019. Beyond its own staff capacity, AMAT would welcome seconded experts from States to expand its ability to react and accommodate effective and comprehensive responses to specific needs of States.
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