DR Congo: National Commission on small arms welcomes new regional office

The National Commission on small arms in the DR Congo has established a regional office in the western city of Boma, with support from UNDP to bring together local representatives of the military, the national police and intelligence, border control officials and civil society organisations. In January, a delegation from Kinshasa led a 5 day training in Boma on best practices for the collection and destruction of weapons and the importance of a gendered approach, based on the experience of colleagues in other parts of the country and their work to curb the proliferation of small arms. Another regional office is already operational in Bunia, Eastern DR Congo, and plans are underway to open similar entities in Lubumbashi in the south and the northern city of Kisangani.