UN Small Arms Process

IANSA is the designated coordinator of civil society for the UN small arms process; in addition, we lead the advocacy on armed violence prevention – and provide support and assistance to other groups – in many different UN fora such as the Group of Interested States (GIS). IANSA is a member of the reference group for the International Standards on Small Arms Control (ISACS) and a member of the expert group that advises the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on implementation of the UN Firearms Protocol.

IANSA members cooperate closely with UN agencies, especially the UN Development Program (UNDP) and the UN Regional Disarmament Centres.

Some of IANSA's goals for the UN small arm process include:

- Strong implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) including reviewing / revising national legislation and strengthening National Commissions on Small Arms

- Mainstreaming gun violence prevention within global development, human rights, health and gender processes

- Effective implementation of the International Tracing Instrument and the recommendations of the Groups of Governmental Experts on arms brokering

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From 28 November – 01 December 2011, IANSA is holding a national training on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 13 people will be taking part in the training, and reporting on what they have discussed on this blog.

El décimo aniversario del Programa de Acción (PoA) de la ONU fue celebrado en un evento en Nueva York el 24 de octubre de 2011.

Civil society organisations addressed the UN General Assembly First Committee on 25 October. Michele Poliacof of IANSA commended the positive impact of the PoA in the last 10 years

Civil society organisations addressed the UN General Assembly First Committee on 25 October.

“Looking forward to a successful 2012 on small arms and light weapons”, an article written by IANSA Director Mirjana Dokmanovic, has been published in the First Committee Monitor.

The newly elected IANSA International Advisory Council (IAC) held its second teleconference meeting on 19 October. The meeting focused on priorities for IANSA in 2012

A new research note from the Small Arms Survey provides a brief review of national reports on the PoA.

The First Committee on Disarmament and International Security of the UN General Assembly is taking place from 3 October to 1 November 2011 at UN Headquarters in New York.

This is the fourth edition of IANSA’s quarterly UN bulletin, issued as part of our efforts to assist you in your UN related work.

On 13 September 2011, the IANSA Women’s Network participated in a Special Briefing for Missions of UN Member States preparing for the First Committee of the UN General Assembly: Disarmament and International Security.

This brand new briefing paper gives an overview of the differences between the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), leading members of the IANSA Public Health Network, are using the Week of Action to highlight the public health aspects of small arms:

In Spain, Plataforma per la Pau Lloret has issued press releases in Catalan expressing their support for the UN Programme of Action (UN PoA) on small arms.

Women in Alternative Action, an IANSA member in Cameroon, marked the 10 year anniversary of the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) with a people’s consultation on the Central African Convention on Small Arms, also known as the Kinshasa Convention.

APHR has opened an online petition calling on the Parliament of Sri Lanka to amend national gun laws in compliance with the UN Firearms Protocol and the UN Programme of Action on small arms to help prevent gun violence and the proliferation of illegal guns.

On 1 June, IANSA Woman Sarah Masters gave a presentation about the gender dimensions of SALW control and disarmament demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) at a conference about the UN Programme of Action on small arms (UN PoA) in Berlin, Germany.

On 21 May, the Southern Sudan Action Network on Small Arms and IKV Pax Christi held a joint workshop for members of the state legislative assembly in Upper Nile State, Southern Sudan.

The UN PoA Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) 2011 concluded on Friday 13 May.

NGO presentations took place during the morning plenary session of Friday 13 May

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Friday 13 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Friday 13 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'Measurability and Implementation - Country-by-country comparisons of marking, tracing, record-keeping and other norms', coorganized by GunPolicy.org and the Permanent Missions of Australia and New Zealand to the United Nations on 13 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'Beyond Boundaries in Eastern Africa', coorganized by The Permanent Missions of Finland & Kenya to the United Nations on 13 May 2011.

On 12 May, IANSA co-sponsored a side event with the UN Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations entitled ‘Survivors of Gun Violence: Strengthening the UN Programme of Action (PoA)’.

A summary report of the side event 'Establishment and maintenance of effective national record-keeping systems for small arms and light weapons' held on 12 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Thursday 12 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Thursday 12 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Wednesday 11 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'Implementing firearm marking and record-keeping in Southern Africa: a partnership between police, civil society and the private sector”' held on 11 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Wednesday 11 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.