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United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)

UNODA_logoLocation: Geneva

Website: https://www.un.org/disarmament/

Type: International

The UNODA advises and assists the UN Secretary-General in the work related to the Anti-Personnel Mine-Ban Treaty and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The UNODA promotes universal participation in international legal frameworks related to landmines and explosive remnants of war and assists countries in complying with their treaty obligations.

IEDs in particular have been the focus for the past few years and States parties are in the process of compiling existing guidelines and best practices aiming at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials that can eventually be used for making IEDs.

IEDs have come under increasing notice in the global community and especially the UNODA. The Amended Protocol II, of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, makes it clear that the civilian population, individual civilians or civilian objects must not be targeted. Hence, it has been the focus of the States Parties in recent years, to further establish the humanitarian problem posed by IEDs and to learn about efforts to defeat and prevent the use of IEDs at a national, regional and international level. They have produced guidelines and best practices aiming at addressing the diversion or illicit use of materials that can eventually be used for making IEDs.

A draft Compilation was first circulated on 5 April 2012 by the Co-Coordinators on IEDs and was discussed by the Group of Experts. The dissemination of the draft was encouraged by the experts and the Implementation Support Unit have begun to disseminate the Compilation.  The Compilation will be considered and updated on an ongoing basis in order to respond establish new relevant guidelines, best practices, recommendations and other comments.

UNODA is said to remain thoroughly involved and responsive to the threat posed by 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.