SEHLAC presents document during the UN PoA on Small Arms Review Conference
The Second Review Conference of the UN Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) started on 27 August 2012 at the UN headquarters in New York and will continue until 7 September. The Second Conference (the first took place in 2006), sees UN member states, representatives of international and regional organizations, and civil society meet to examine the progress made in the program’s execution.
Unanimously approved by UN Member States in July 2001, the PoA is a politically binding instrument with the ultimate aim of curbing the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. It planned the writing and consolidation of agreed standards with a view to promoting concerted and coordinated international action to stop the illicit trade in weapons.
Much has changed since 2011. The richest states have agreed that actions to control small arms are instruments that support development. Therefore, the review conference will be an opportunity for states to not only examine the application of the PoA but also to discuss plans for its further application in the coming years. Furthermore, it offers the opportunity to examine the International Tracing Instrument agreed separately in 2005.
Together with other organizations, SEHLAC presented a document to the member states, asking them to recognize the importance of measuring and monitoring armed violence and to publically commit to producing national reports.