Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA)
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The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) creates local, regional and international conditions conducive to peace, stability and prosperity by curbing the illicit proliferation of conventional weapons of war such as light automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades, and removing and destroying others, such as persistent landmines and abandoned stocks of munitions, that remain and pose hazards after the cessation of armed conflict.
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.
The Office furthers U.S. foreign policy goals through the development and implementation of comprehensive solutions to the security challenges and harmful humanitarian effects caused by the illicit proliferation of conventional weapons of war, and the existence of public hazards from such weapons following cessation of armed conflict. 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 or criminal groups to such weapons and munitions. At the same time, by addressing acute humanitarian needs, this office 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. Innovation, strategic vision, responsible stewardship and cooperative team effort are all qualities that are encouraged by this office.
The Office incorporates the functions and responsibilities of the Bureau's former Office of Humanitarian Demining Programs (PM/HDP), to include management of the multi-agency U.S. Humanitarian Mine Action Program, the former Office of Mine Action Initiatives and Partnerships (PM/MAIP), to include encouraging public-private partnerships to reinforce the gamut of threats addressed by the Office, and the small arms/light weapons and MANPADS duties of the Bureau's Office of Plans, Policy, and Analysis (PM/PPA).
For more information, please telephone (202) 663-0100.
Recognizing Public-Private Partnerships for Mine Action
CLUSTER MUNITIONS: The new United States policy on cluster munitions, which carefully balances humanitarian and legitimate military considerations. Read more about cluster munitions in related statements and fact sheets.
The Department of State and Roots of Peace will co-host "Harvest of Hope" in recognition of public-private partnerships for mine action in Afghanistan. Full Text
Safe Passage Newsletter
A newsletter for the Humanitarian Mine Action and Small Arms/Light Weapons communities, October 2008. Full Text
Humanitarian Mine Action in Sudan
U.S. Department of State partners with Sudanese Integrated Mine Action Service. Full Text
U.S. Department of State Quick Reaction Force
The State Dept. has awarded a contract to DynCorp International for the formation of a humanitarian Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to respond globally to urgent and emergent humanitarian operations that require the removal or mitigation of explosive hazards to protect civilian populations. Full Text
Landmine Casualty Data: Best Practices Guidebook
Provides new reference materials for mine victim information systems. Full Text
State Department Supports Rotary Club Project to Assist Amputees in Basra, Iraq
The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has awarded $1.5 million to the Rotary Club’s “Basra, Iraq Prosthetics Project.” Full Text
To Walk the Earth in Safety
Seventh Edition of “To Walk the Earth in Safety” shows United States progress in clearing landmines and destroying conventional weapons. Media Note | Report