Small arms report by the UN Secretary General, 2008

This report by the UN Secretary General came as response to a statement from the UN Security Council in 2007, requesting that they receive a report on small arms every two years containing the Secretary General’s analysis, observations and recommendations as well as his observations on the  implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (UN POA). 

This report discusses various aspects of the issue of small arms, with an
emphasis on the negative impact that illicit small arms have on security, human rights and social and economic development, in particular in areas of crisis and in post-conflict situations.

It includes an analysis of global bodies and instruments relevant to the work against the proliferation of small arms, including the UN POA; the Firearms Protocol; the International Tracing Instrument; and the UN Register of Conventional Arms.

It includes observations and recommendations with particular emphasis on:

  • Encouraging the development of measurable goals for reducing armed violence;
  • Fostering enhanced cooperation among national authorities;
  • Enhancing synergies among various bodies involved in the issue, including the Security Council, the General Assembly and the Peacebuilding Commission;
  • Exploring possibilities for further  improving the monitoring of Security Council arms embargoes;
  • Developing forms of standardization of end-user certificates;
  •  (f) Drawing urgent attention to destruction of surplus ammunition stockpiles and to stockpile management;
  • Building capacity
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