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).

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On 15-16 November, IANSA members formed part of an Expert Reference Group for a workshop in Geneva on "Shaping, Fine-Tuning and Finalising International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS)".

The Omnibus Resolution on ‘The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects’ was adopted after some controversy by the UN First Committee on disarmament on 29 October. 

Two recent reports by SIPRI conclude that greater responsibility for arms transfers to conflict zones in Africa must be taken by arms suppliers 

Civil society organizations addressed First Committee on 25 October.

Throughout  the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, delegations have highlighted the negative impact of small arms proliferation on women's rights, human rights, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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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.