“Even as the United States and other donor nations and organizations have made tremendous strides in clearing landmines and explosives remnants of war, aging and poorly maintained munitions have emerged as a grave threat to innocent people around the world,” said Andrew J. Shapiro, the Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs. “We are committed to facing this threat and are actively helping other countries to address it.”Since 2001, the United States has partnered with more than 30 countries to promote safe disposal of surplus and aging weapons and munitions, including 1.4 million small arms and light weapons, more than 80,000 tons of munitions, and nearly 32,000 man-portable air defense systems. In addition, U.S. experts have worked with partners to improve stockpile management practices. Where needed, PM/WRA has also deployed its Quick Reaction Force to help partner countries mitigate risks from potentially dangerous depots, and has helped to safely remove and dispose of materials following incidents at these facilities.
The United States is the world’s single largest financial supporter of conventional weapons destruction. Since 1993, the United States has promoted peace and security through more than $1.5 billion in 47 countries for removal of landmines and other explosive remnants of war, and the safe disposal of small arms, light weapons, and ammunition. For more information, please visit the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement’s Web page at www.state.gov/t/pm/wra.