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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Two articles highlighting the link between small arms control and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, written by IANSA women Jasmin Galace from the Philippines and Sarah Masters in the UK, is now available on the Open Democracy website.

During the third week of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, IANSA members continue to participate in side events, engage with delegates, and report on debates.

From 4 October until 1 November, governments are assembled at the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, which proposes and adopts resolutions on disarmament and international security.

The Autumn 2010 issue of the Ploughshares Monitor is now available. This issue focuses on armed conflict and armed violence and includes articles by Ken Epps on the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, and by Maribel Gonzales on gender and the UN Programme of Action on small arms.

1500 locally produced firearms have been destroyed in Asuki, Ghana.

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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.