Examining the Roles, Responsibilities and Potential Contributions of Private Sector Industry Actors in Stemming the Flow of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and Related Materials [fr]
France remains committed to the fight against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and continues to promote approaches that may help address this scourge. In this regard, France funded a study from the United Nations institute for disarmament research (UNIDIR) to explore the possible contribution of the private sector in stemming the uncontrolled dissemination of IED. This initiative builds on paragraph 15 of the resolution on IEDs, which was adopted at the 71st session of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly; this paragraph “Encourages States and relevant international and regional organizations to engage, as appropriate, business entities in discussions and initiatives on countering improvised explosive devices, including on issues such as accountability for dual-use components, improving the regulation of explosive precursors, where possible and as appropriate, strengthening security for the transport of explosives and at explosive facilities, as well as enhancing the vetting procedures for personnel with access to explosives, while avoiding undue restrictions on the legitimate use of and access to such materials”.
Based on this roadmap, UNIDIR organized on 6-7 March, 2017 a closed-door workshop that brought together 15 to 20 representatives of the private sector (base chemicals, pyrotechnics, fertilizers, manufacture of explosives, and extractive industries). The main points and recommendations of the workshop are encapsulated in the following UNIDIR report: