Tuesday 27 October

Tuesday 27th October saw the last of the delegations, namely Botswana, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nigeria, Somalia, and Trinidad and Tobago, address First Committee on the issue of small arms and light weapons (SALW). All delegations who took the floor reiterated the importance of the Programme of Action (PoA). Botswana stressed that with the development of technologies, such as 3D printed weapons and polymer weapons, certain challenges will begin to form with the full implementation of the PoA, especially with regards to the marking and tracing of weapons. Botswana further noted that bolstering implementation of the commitments of the PoA remains critical and cooperation and assistance are indispensable in determining the success and failure of national efforts to implement the PoA.

Costa Rica reiterated the need to intensify efforts within the PoA and adopt legally binding instruments to combat the marking, tracing, and illicit brokering of SALW. Costa Rica noted that robust and obligatory stockpile management standards must be developed and address excessive levels in armament production. Botswana stated that the destruction of surplus, seized, collected confiscated and forfeited weapons and ammunition could be a starting point for reducing weapon stockpiles available for illicit circulation, because by so doing, the burden of managing unnecessary stockpiled would be significant reduced. In addition to the PoA, Botswana, Somalia and Trinidad and Tobago noted the importance of the International Tracing Instrument (ITI).

With all delegations welcoming the entry into force of the ATT, Costa Rica and Guatemala further noted that it is essential to strengthen synergies between the PoA and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Costa Rica and Botswana welcomed UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2220 on small arms and light weapons, with Costa Rica also noting UNSCR 2117.