Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites (UEMS)

Remo Gassmann and Marco Baccini
Fact Sheet

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) remain a global and multi-faceted problem. UEMS are accidental explosions of abandoned, damaged, improperly or properly stored stockpiles of ammunition and explosives at munitions sites.

For this update of the UEMS database, the Survey explored the gendered impacts of UEMS incidents, as part of the Gender Lens for Arms Control Support and Sustainability (GLASS) project. The gendered consequences of UEMS incidents are not the focus of public reporting on these episodes, nor are there explicit guidelines for gender-sensitive policies on preventing or responding to UEMS. Yet, implicitly, existing good practice and guidelines already contain measures that can help to decrease the impacts of UEMS incidents on people of all genders.

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Keywords: UEMS Munitions