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).

Últimas noticias

Sergio Duarte, Alto Representante para Asuntos de Desarme, envió un comunicado apoyando la Semana de Acción, en nombre de la Oficina de la ONU para Asuntos de Desarme.

26 people were killed, and over 300 injured by explosions in the Gombo la Mboto military camp in Dar es Salaam , Tanzania on 17 February.

About 10,000 people were evacuated, several were injured and one person was killed by explosions when a firearms depot caught fire in Maracay, Venezuela on 30 January.

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.

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