On 2 June, the second day of MGE2, NGOs had the opportunity to address the floor on issues/concerns related to SALW and new technologies. Following presentations by other NGOs such as World Forum on Sports Shooting, Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturing Institute, and National Firearms Association of Canada, five members from IANSA took the floor and addressed a variety of issues related to SALW and the topic of this MGE.
The first speaker, Jamira Burley from Amnesty International USA, spoke on the ‘Wear Orange’ Campaign and her personal experiences with gun violence and the limits it has on lives. She emphasized during her statement that “gun violence impacts us all, across borders, religions, race, gender and social or economic class.”
Omalade Oladejo from the Society of Nigerian Doctors for the Welfare of Mankind, the Nigerian affiliate of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, discussed how health professionals and policy makers can work together to address the demand for small arms and help reach essential human security objectives, as well as emphasizing the growing gun culture in her country of Nigeria. She noted that “investment in combatting armed violence diverts money and human resources from health care and other vital human needs.”
Marren Akatsa-Bukachi from the Eastern African sub-Regional Support Initiative for Advancement of Women (EASSI) spoke on the violent nature related to the proliferation of SALW around the world and particularly in Africa, and also on the gender issues related to the proliferation of SALW. She stated that “the majority of people around the world, especially the vulnerable, have no say in the development or promulgation of new technologies for weapons production,” and that ”…increasing the participation of women in this area of policy and programming could, in itself, result in lower levels of small arms proliferation and misuse. Women are more likely to prioritize the safety of their families and communities…”
Victor Amisi Sulubika from Vision-Gram International discussed the threats that the development of new technologies could potentially have on nations, and made recommendations on how states could deal with this issue. He stated that “our fear is that the new technologies being discussed this week will be yet another example of a commercial advance in the rich world that causes great damage in the poor world.”
The last speaker, Carmen Rosa de Leon from Instituto de Enseñanza para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IEPADES), discussed the collaboration of civil society and governments in implementing the UNPoA in Central American countries.
For the full statements made by our five speakers, please click on the attachment below.
Ambassador Vlad Lupan of the Republic of Moldova, Chair of MGE2, with IANSA representatives after NGO statements.
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