Location: New York, US
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network that was established in 1965. The UNDP assists states in creating social, economic and political change, connecting them to knowledge, experience and resources. This means states are assisted through expert advice, training, and grants which support the developing countries. Those of particular concern to the UNDP are the least developed countries.
In regard to IEDs, the UNDP – through its country offices and its New York-based Mine Action Team of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery – assists countries affected by explosive remnants of war (ERW) and helps them to establish or strengthen national and local programmes to further the clearance of these substances.
The UNDP has assisted many states in removing ERW, such as Nepal, Kosovo and Yemen.
The UNDP’s Firearms and Explosives Risk Minimization project has also been involved in projects directed at controlling weapons stockpiles, as they can be harnessed to manufacture IEDs. They have facilitated lessons to state personnel in order to combat the use of these stockpiled weapons for IEDs.
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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