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 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.

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.

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