IANSA Side Event

On 2 June 2015, on the second day of MGE2 meetings at the UN, IANSA with support from the German Mission to the UN and in partnership with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and Small Arms Survey (SAS), organized a side event titled ‘New Technologies and Human Security’. Speakers included Mr. Baffour Amoa from West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) and IANSA, Mr. N. R Jenzen-Jones from SAS and Dr. Cathey Falvo from IPPNW. Opening remarks were made by Mr. Tarmo Dix from the German Foreign Ministry. The event was moderated by Mr. Ivor Fung, the Deputy Chief of UNODA, who expressed his appreciation for the contribution of IANSA and its members to the small arms process and the implementation of the PoA, especially in the countries most affected by armed violence.

Mr. Dix started the discussion by outlining that one of the challenges that have been encountered is that sometimes outside of the sphere of experts the importance and magnitude of the problem of SALW is being overlooked. He stressed the importance of ensuring that the general public are of the knowledge that the real weapons of mass destruction are small arms and light weapons. Mr. Dix also discussed Germany’s interest in promoting new technologies. He stated that development in technologies has the potential of reducing human harm. There are several ways where technology can play a part, for example technology can improve the handling and protection of arms and how they are stored. He further emphasized the vital importance technology can play in preventing the unauthorized proliferation and use of weapons, as well as the roles technology can have on the control of exports of SALW.

This panel then took the floor by provided diverse perspectives on technology - the science of the application of knowledge to practical purposes.  In this case, the practical purpose of preventing human suffering from small arms violence. The speakers helped focus the minds on the impact of small arms and light weapons in conflict situations, the cost and provision of medical health care for gun victims and how health and government experts can work to lessen demand for guns within countries, and to focus the attention of States on the emerging technologies and its implication for the PoA and the ITI. 

A short presentation arising out of a consultation amongst IANSA membership on the theme of this week’s meeting of experts was also presented. The consultation showed that there is the need for capacity building and awareness raising about the many dimensions of small arms violence in both the supply and demand sides - including new technologies for building and transferring weapons, and misperceptions that weapons increase human security.

To read the full statement made by IANSA Chair, Mr. Baffour Amoa, please click on the attachment below. Further, the full PowerPoint presentations by all three speakers is attached below. 

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