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AMAT provides strategic advice and technical services to states and partners, promoting safe, secure and sustainable management of ammunition, in line with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). 

Through its collaboration with states on ammunition safety and security, AMAT is contributing to a global reduction of the risk of accidental explosion and diversion, and ultimately supporting safer communities and more stable states and societies.

Established in January 2019, following the mandate of the UN Secretary General’s Agenda for Disarmament, the AMAT is a joint initiative of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) and the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and its UN SaferGuard Programme.

AMAT and the Ammunition Management Community of Practice

Our work draws on the expertise of the GICHD, the UN SaferGuard roster of experts and our partners, their connection to broader explosive ordnance and arms control issues, and their ability to act on them. In practise, AMAT’s support to the ammunition management community falls into three main categories:

Data and analytics

Collection and analysis of data to understand who does ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’ in ammunition management; identifying needs, gaps, and priorities, and informing the development of solutions. 

AMAT’s publications and knowledge platforms include: 

  • AMAT Insights 
  • Ammunition Management Activity Platform (A-MAP) 
  • Arms and Ammunition Management Validation System (AAMVS)
  • Explosive Ordnance Guides
Technological development

Development of fit-for-purpose tools, methodologies and diagnostic approaches designed to support states and partners in assessing and tracking their progress in implementing effective through-life ammunition management practices. 

Notable tools and methodologies include: 

  • Ammunition Inventory Management System (AIMS) 
  • Ammunition Safety Management (ASM) Toolset 
  • Comprehensive IATG Training Package 
  • Digitalised IATG for International Use
  • Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) Toolkit 
Event curation

Design and delivery of events – in-person and virtual – with diverse audiences (high-level speakers, policy practitioners and technical experts), aimed at increasing awareness on and sharing of lessons learned when addressing safety and security risks of conventional ammunition.

Recent events include: 

  • Geneva Informal Dialogues in support of the Open-ended Working Group on Conventional Ammunition 
  • Regional High-level seminar for RECSA States 
  • Innovation for Action Workshop Series 

AMAT Tools

Digitalised IATG for International Use

A database that allows users to navigate the extensive set of guidelines on safe and secure ammunition management and find the required information quickly and easily, with the option of translating them into Arabic, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Digitalised IATG

IATG Comprehensive Training Package

A comprehensive training package developed under the UN SaferGuard Programme by AMAT for the use of donor states, beneficiary states, and operators who deliver trainings on the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).

IATG Platform

Arms and Ammunition Management Validation System

The AAMVS is a mechanism that can provide transparent and critical analysis of the concurrence of national arms and ammunition management capabilities in line with international good practices.

AAMVS Platform

Standardised Assessment Methodology (SAM) Toolkit


Comprises seven tools which allow for identifying needs, gaps and entry points for strengthening organisational capability for safe, secure and effective through-life ammunition management at all levels (strategic, operational and technical).

SAM Toolkit

AMAT Publications

English

GUIDE TO EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Mine action survey and clearance operations have always focused on the contamination that can be seen. Whether it is anti-personnel (AP) mines, anti-vehicles (AV) mines, or explosive remnants of war (ERW), our efforts focus on...

15/12/2021
GUIDE TO EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT
  • Available in English
  • GICHD
English

AMAT Insights Issue 2 Version 3 of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG)

In 2011, the United Nations released the first version of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) providing states with voluntary guidance on best practices and international standards in ammunition management to...

20/10/2021
AMAT Insights Issue 2 Version 3 of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG)
  • Available in English
  • AMAT, UN SaferGuard
English

AMAT Insights Issue 1 Reducing Risks Associated with Ammonium Nitrate

Improperly manufactured, transported, handled and stored explosive materials, such as ammonium nitrate, are a safety risk to local communities and a security threat to states and societies. In this first issue of AMAT Insights, an...

24/09/2020
AMAT Insights Issue 1 Reducing Risks Associated with Ammonium Nitrate
  • Available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish
  • AMAT
English

Critical Path Guide to the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines

Inadequately-managed ammunition poses the dual risk of accidental explosions of ammunition sites and diversion to illicit markets, resulting in humanitarian disasters and contributing to armed conflict, terrorism and crime.

To...

27/03/2019
Critical Path Guide to the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines
  • Available in English, French
  • UN SaferGuard Programme
English

Utilizing the IATG in Conflict-Affected and Low-Capacity Environments

Inadequately-managed ammunition poses the dual risk of accidental explosions of ammunition sites and diversion to illicit markets, resulting in humanitarian disasters and contributing to armed conflict, terrorism and crime.

To...

27/03/2019
Utilizing the IATG in Conflict-Affected and Low-Capacity Environments
  • Available in English
  • UNIDIR and UN SaferGuard Programme
English

A Guide to Developing National Standards for Ammunition Management

Inadequately-managed ammunition poses the dual risk of accidental explosions of ammunition sites and diversion to illicit markets, resulting in humanitarian disasters and contributing to armed conflict, terrorism and crime.

To...

27/03/2019
A Guide to Developing National Standards for Ammunition Management
  • Available in English, French
  • UN SaferGuard Programme

AMAT Quarterly Reports

AMAT Videos

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AMAT Team

Programme Manager, Standards and Trainings

Frédéric Maïo

Programme Manager, Standards and Trainings
Programme Officer, Standards and Trainings

Melanie Negrete Velasco

Programme Officer, Standards and Trainings
Technical Advisor, Standards and Trainings

Angelo Bernard

Technical Advisor, Standards and Trainings
Nadim Amer

Nadim Amer

Programme Officer, Systems and Tools
Benjamin King

Benjamin King

Programme Manager, Systems and Tools
Anna Shum

Anna Shum

Programme Officer, Capacities & Methods
Philippe Mouchet

Philippe Mouchet

Senior Advisor, National Capacities
John Rawson

John Rawson

Technical Advisor, IATG Review
Andy Grantham

Andy Grantham

Technical Advisor, Capacities & Methods
Jovana Carapic

Jovana Carapic

Programme Manager, Capacities & Methods