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UNODA Occasional Papers No.25: The Gun-Free Zone - A Tool to Prevent and Reduce Armed Violence, December 2013

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UNODA Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security and are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community. This paper brings together existing information and experiences from practitioners and policy makers and analyzes the impact of Gun-Free Zones (GFZs) in order to determine when and where GFZs can be a valuable measure to prevent and reduce armed violence. It gives national governments, local authorities and international development and peacebuilding agencies and organizations a better understanding of GFZ in order to incorporate, where applicable, this tool into their strategies.

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Establishment of GFZs

The GFZs analysed for this paper were either established in post-conflict settings, such as the Solomon Islands and Sierra Leone or in countries heavily affected by (urban) armed violence, such as South Africa, El Salvador and Colombia. In post-conflict settings, GFZs were implemented in parallel with or shortly after disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programmes.

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