6 October 2021 — Tech4Tracing Executive Director David Lochhead wrote: “Today I had the great honour to present to the UN Security Council on behalf of the Small Arms Survey under the topic “Addressing the threat posed by the illicit flows of small arms and light weapons in the context of Peacekeeping Operations”. I dedicated my statement to the Council to the memory of Captain Tangaou Massamaesso of the Togolese Armed Forces, a friend and colleague who was killed in action in August 2017 in central Mali while leading troops in response to a terrorist attack against a UN Base.
My presentation focused on how improved counter-proliferation mandates, weapons intelligence, new technology, information sharing platforms and regional approaches can help improve protection of civilians, human rights, the protection of UN peacekeeping staff and mandate implementation overall. It can also contribute to the pursuit of justice for attacks against and the killing of peacekeepers, as called for in UN Security Council Resolution 2589.
Through my work with the Small Arms Survey on IED component trafficking I am working with partners and states to build a coordinated regional response to the expanding IED threat in West Africa and the Sahel, which claimed the lives of three UN Peacekeepers this week alone. Through my new not-for-profit, tech4tracing.org we are building AI-based tools with amazing volunteer support from Microsoft- for future generations of Peacekeepers, Human Rights Investigators and Law Enforcement to identify and map illicit arms, ammunition and explosives flows.
Video Archive: https://media.un.org/en/asset/k17/k176zso2s6