“Without peace, all the dreams vanish…”*

Feb 20, 2015

The exhibition was placed in the UN House hallway. Credit: Kairatbek Murzakimov / UNDP.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (February 20, 2015) – 16 black and white photographs were exhibited at the UNDP Country Office in Kyrgyzstan today. The Photo Exhibition was organized jointly by offices of UNDP Kyrgyzstan and UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina, aiming at sharing experiences and learning from each other on innovative ways of telling stories about UNDP work.

Sixteen breathtaking photographs from the UNDP Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina encompass the activities undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They illustrate three projects targeted at relieving the country from the side effects of remnants of war and preventing further harm to civilians.

Despite the end of the war in 1995 excessive military ammunition stockpiles, small arms and light weapons and landmines continue to threaten civilians and restrict the development of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are roughly 750,000 illicit weapons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1,200 sq.km of land that still need be investigated for landmines, and 16, 500 tonnes of military surpluses

Small Arms and Light Weapons Collection Campaign, Mine Action, and Project EXPLODE aim to address these numbers and their accompanying issues through increasing the pace of ammunition disposal, encouraging illicit weapon registration and small arms hand-over, and building the capacities of national authorities to accelerate the nations mine clearance.

The United Nations has supported Bosnia and Herzegovina for 10 years in combating armed violence and reducing her stockpiles. There have been more than 12,000 tonnes of ammunition and landmines destroyed since 2004 and over 145,000 weapons, including all cluster munitions. Over 2,100 tonnes of chemically unstable conventional artillery ammunition has been disposed of including around 10 million pieces of unsafe small arms ammunition.

Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to fight to prevent unexpected explosions of munitions sites, reduce the availability of illicit weapons and encourage their surrender, and assist the country’s capacities to bring the lingering issue of landmines to a close.

For more information please see:

AKVO.ORG: Explosive Ordnance Destruction:

http://undp.akvoapp.org/en/project/931/updates/

Sculpture of Weapons- as part of SALW Collection Campaign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0GtkG0iH_4

Conflict Metal Used to Make Sustainable Energy Windmills: http://europeandcis.undp.org/blog/2014/01/16/weapon-destruction-metal-from-guns-used-to-build-windmills/

*Jawaharlal Nehru

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