The Western Balkans Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Control Roadmap Multi-Partner Trust Fund supports a donor-coordinated approach to the implementation of the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition in the Western Balkans. This pooled fund strengthens coordination, planning and communication among all partners, fosters collaboration, and reduces risks to governments and financial contributors.
The work of the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap MPTF is possible thanks to the efforts of . These resources are pooled and channelled to participating organizations to promote joint action and multi-stakeholder partnerships, making a difference on the ground.
The Western Balkans region has made significant progress in recent years to address the illicit possession, misuse, and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW). However, the scale of accumulation of SALW and ammunition, inadequate storage conditions, widespread illicit possession, and gaps in implementation continue to limit the effectiveness of firearms and SALW control efforts in parts of this region. To address these challenges, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, and the Republic of Serbia jointly developed the most comprehensive arms control mechanism in the region: the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse, and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024.
Under the auspices of Germany and France, in coordination with the European Union, and with support from the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), Trust Fund stakeholders contribute to the implementation of the Roadmap to make the Western Balkans a safer region and exporter of security. This is being achieved through the seven Roadmap goals:
Through Roadmap support, the Trust Fund contributes to the achievement of SDG 16 to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies as illicit arms flows are amongst the factors that give rise to violence, insecurity, and injustice, and SDG 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
The Steering Committee is chaired by UNDP and is made up by the Representatives of the Participating Organizations, Germany, France and the EU (as ex-officio members)) and other top 3 donors to the Trust Fund. All other donors are granted the observer status (with no voting right), for increased transparency, access to information and provision of inputs.
The Steering Committee provides general oversight and exercises overall accountability of the Trust Fund, approves the strategic direction of the Trust Fund and its overall results framework, decides on the allocation of funds, and oversees the implementation of the funded projects and overall progress towards the planned results.
The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), a joint initiative of the Regional Cooperation Council andUNDP, functions as the Secretariat of the Trust Fund. The Secretariat is responsible for the programmatic coordination and monitoring of the Trust Fund, and provides technical and management support to the Steering Committee. The Secretariat is not part of the Steering Committee and has no voting rights.
The Participating Organizations are UNDP and UNODC. Programme implementation is the responsibility of Participating Organizations. Each organization is programmatically and financially responsible for the resources received.
Participating Organizations receive funds through the Administrative Agent, Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office. The Administrative Agent is responsible for the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of funds to Participating Organizations, and consolidation and dissemination of progress reports to donors.
The work of is possible thanks to the efforts of contributors. Since together they have contributed . In the annual contributions amounted to .
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Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap MPTF
Contributions to trust funds administered by the MPTF Office are pooled with other partner resources to achieve greater impact and leverage the SDGs. This map provides a geographical breakdown of all investments.
* The designations employed and the presentation of material on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations or UNDP concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
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Happening:With @UNDP_Kosovo & in p’ship w/respective Ministries of Interior/Internal Affairs &the National SALW Commissions, we R launching 2 projects on ‘Integrated Institutional Approach &Strengthening Cross-Border Cooperation to SALW Control’— UNDP in Albania (@UNDPAlbania) February 16, 2024
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🤝Now, in order to strengthen the Forensic Centre's capacities further, the minister of @MupCg Danilo Šaranović and #UNDP's RR Ekaterina Paniklova have signed a $1.1M project continuation, which will be implemented with the support of 🇩🇪🇸🇪🇳🇱🇫🇷🇬🇧🇳🇴🇪🇺. pic.twitter.com/PwABZlV0ry— UNDP in Montenegro (@UNDP_Montenegro) February 7, 2024
France reaffirms its commitment to tackle arms trafficking and to work towards safety and security in #WesternBalkans and globally, stated Amb Olivier Caron on the occasion of a new @francediplo_EN contribution to the SALW @MPTFOffice— UNDP SEESAC (@UNDP_SEESAC) September 28, 2023
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Supported by 🇩🇪🇸🇪🇬🇧🇫🇷🇳🇱🇳🇴🇪🇺, the SALW Control Roadmap @MPTFOffice exceeded $24.1 million in contributions in 2022!— UNDP SEESAC (@UNDP_SEESAC) May 31, 2023
The 2022 annual report explores progress made in countering illicit possession and trafficking of firearms in the #WesternBalkans.
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"To underline #Germany’s unwavering support to SALW Commissions in the #WesternBalkans, we have just pledged an additional 800.000 EUR to the @MPTFOffice," said Mr. Albrecht von Wittke of @GermanyDiplo.— UNDP SEESAC (@UNDP_SEESAC) December 16, 2022
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“Our #WesternBalkans partners are making significant progress towards stronger regional and European integration. They deserve our continued support," said @AmbBrunet on the latest French contribution to the WB SALW Control Roadmap MPTF.— UNDP SEESAC (@UNDP_SEESAC) December 6, 2022
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