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

Latest

A new report by the Small Arms Survey examines national reporting on implementation of the Programme of Action

A summary report of the side event 'Tracing conflict ammunition: viability and challenges' held on 11 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'The Programme of Action and Opportunities' held on 10 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the afternoon session on Tuesday 10 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

An article by the IANSA Women’s Network was published in the MGE Monitor on Tuesday 10 May 2011 and calls upon states to integrate a gender perspective in their tracing efforts, and actively include women at all stages of the process including capacity building and cooperation initiatives.To read it go to: http://www.iansa-women.org/node/630

A summary report of the side event 'Why Traces Fail – Challenges involved in issuing and responding to tracing requests' held on 10 May 2011.

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Tuesday 10 May at the Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts, 9-13 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'Applying the Mark: A meeting on the practicalities of marking firearms and ammunition' held on 9 May 2011.

A summary report of the side event 'Draft International Standards on Marking, Record-keeping and Tracing of SALW' held on 9 May 2011.

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

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

On 6 May, Portugal ratified the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, also known as the 'Firearms Protocol'.

IANSA is now preparing for the UN Programme of Action Open Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE), which will take place on 9-13 May 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The UN Programme of Action Open Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) will take place 9-13 May 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

This report by the UN Secretary-General was submitted to the UN Security Council to bring them up to date on issues that were presented to them in the 2008 SG report on Small Arms

The UN Programme of Action Open Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) will take place 9-13 May 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Cette édition contient: les dernières nouvelles du bureau de New York, les détails sur la récente session du Comité  préparatoire sur le commerce des armes et sur la Commission des Nations Unies de  la condition de la femme ainsi que les événements à venir.

This is the second edition of IANSA’s quarterly UN Bulletin.

The purpose of this bulletin is:

  1. To keep you informed about developments at the UN during the past three months,
  2. To flag upcoming events for which you may want to prepare or which may offer opportunities for action at the local, national or regional level.

This edition contains: an update from the New York office; details from the recent Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty and UN Commission on the Status of Women; and upcoming events.

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.

This is the first edition of IANSA’s quarterly UN bulletin, issued as part of our improved communication strategy that we hope will assist you in your work. 

The UN General Assembly has taken action on the resolutions passed during this year’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

Ambassador McLay, designated chair of the 2011 Open-Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) has proposed that marking, record-keeping and tracing should be the theme for the meeting which will take place in New York on 9-13 May.

Small arms marking equipment worth more than US$ 350,000 was given to member states of the East African Community (EAC) in a ceremony in Arusha, Tanzania on 30 November.

Participants at a seminar on small arms control in Central Africa discussed how to ensure successful implementation of the ‘Kinshasa Convention’. Strengthening the Central African Action Network on Small Arms (CAANSA/RASALAC) was identified as key priority.

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. 

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 of the finalist films in the 'Shooting Poverty' competition were screened at a lunchtime event hosted by Oxfam and the Office of Disarmament Affairs.

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.