The Office develops, implements and monitors policy, programs and public engagement efforts that contribute to the prevention and mitigation of conflict, as well as post-conflict social and economic recovery. The focus is three-fold: to curb the illicit trafficking, availability and indiscriminate use of conventional weapons of war that fuel regional and internal instability; to pursue and help manage post-conflict cleanup of such weapons in areas needed for civilian use; and to engage civil society to broaden support for our efforts and enhance U.S. influence.
Conventional weapons and munitions addressed by the Office include but are not limited to landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), abandoned ordnance (AO), man portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and other small arms and light weapons (SA/LW). The office strives to limit the access of terrorist and criminal groups to such weapons and munitions. By addressing acute humanitarian needs, this office also demonstrates the United States commitment to a set of values that respects human life. The Office works closely with other U.S. Government agencies as well as non-governmental organizations, international organizations and private enterprises.
Formed in October 2003, the Office incorporated the functions and responsibilities of the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs' former Office of Humanitarian Demining Programs, the former Office of Mine Action Initiatives and Partnerships, and the small arms/light weapons and MANPADS duties formerly managed by the Bureau's Office of Plans, Policy, and Analysis. To learn more about the Office's activities and its efforts to encourage civil society participation in these issues, visit www.state.gov/t/pm/wra/c10388.htm.
Telephone: 202-736-7132 (in October 2004: 202-663-0100)
Fax: 202-647-2465 (in October 2004: 202-663-0090)
Web site: www.state.gov/t/pm/wra/