UN Small Arms Process

The United Nations is involved in many different ways in the effort to reduce the proliferation of small arms and their deadly effects. Its Programme of Action (PoA) was adopted by all UN Member States in 2001, and since that time the UN has worked to support the implementation of the PoA at national, regional and international levels. By-products of the PoA include the International Tracing Instrument and the recommendations of a Group of Governmental Experts on arms brokering.

The first binding international legal instrument on small arms, the UN Firearms Protocol, came into effect in July 2005. The Protocol supplements the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime.

22 UN agencies are members of the Coordinating Action in Small Arms (CASA).

Latest news

The Ghana section of the West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA-Ghana) presented its new 5-year Strategic Plan to the national media in Accra, Ghana on 9 December.

The UN General Assembly has taken action on the resolutions passed during this year’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

Ambassador McLay, designated chair of the 2011 Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) has proposed that marking, record-keeping and tracing should be the theme for the meeting which will take place in New York on 9-13 May.

Small arms marking equipment worth more than US$ 350,000 was given to member states of the East African Community (EAC) in a ceremony in Arusha, Tanzania on 30 November.

Participants at a seminar on small arms control in Central Africa discussed how to ensure successful implementation of the ‘Kinshasa Convention’. Strengthening the Central African Action Network on Small Arms (CAANSA/RASALAC) was identified as key priority.

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Ceci est notre deuxième bulletin d’information trimestrielle sur IANSA en Afrique pour vous tenir informé des progrès réalisés dans le continent. Ce numéro met l'accent sur la "Convention de l’Afrique centrale pour le contrôle des armes légères et de petit calibre, de leurs munitions et de toutes pièces et composantes pouvant servir à leur fabrication, réparation et assemblage", connue sous le nom de "Convention de Kinshasa".

Le document final de la quatrième Réunion Biennale des Etats (BMS4) d'examiner l'application du Programme d'Action pour prévenir, combattre et éliminer le commerce illicite des armes légères et de petit calibre sous tous ses aspects (Programme d'Action) est maintenant disponible.