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Trafficking in Firearms has extremely high human and economic costs in the Americas and is linked to multiple forms of crime and violence.  With a total of 42% of homicides by firearms, Latin America is in fact the region with the highest level of armed violence in the world.  Against this background, the DPS has focused on the fight against the trafficking in firearms as a means to strengthen public security and promote peace in the region. 






The Section against the Illicit Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives seeks to strengthen the implementation of the objectives and mandates established by the Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), through the promotion of multilateral cooperation. 



Promotes the public health model of firearm injury prevention.


XII CIFTA Meeting will be held at OAS headquarters on April 15, 2011

During the meeting, the States Parties to the CIFTA will converse on the activities carried out to implement the Convention, with particular attention to the handling and destruction of weapons as well as firearms marking. The agenda also includes a live demonstration of the firearms marking equipment the OAS is donating to several of its Member States.

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Workshop: Stockpile Management and Destruction in Central America

The Organization of American States (OAS) held a demonstration in Guatemala City, Guatemala, of a new tool for the destruction of obsolete weapons and ammunition in the region, one that will travel through Central America to Costa Rica to be used in the elimination of 700,000 rounds of ammunition at the end of 2011.

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OAS Organizes Meeting on Effective Firearms Marking in Costa Rica

Representatives and authorities from 24 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean responsible for preventing the illegal traffic of firearms will meet on December 1st and 2nd in San José, Costa Rica, in the context of the seminar, “Promoting Firearms Marking in Latin America and the Caribbean”.  The meeting is part of a broader regional project that seeks to strengthen national capabilities in this field, and to control the illicit traffic of imported and confiscated firearms.

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Public Security in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities

Last update: April, 2011



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