Thursday 19th June 2014
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19 June, 2014 - Morning Summary
The seventh meeting of the BMS5 was called to order by Chairman Zahir Tanin and began with statements by international, regional and non-governmental organisations.
International and regional organisations spoke first, in the following order; UNCASA, ECOWAS, East African Community, RECSA and the International Committee of Red Cross.
UNCASA highlighted the importance of SALW policy and programs to benefit diverse fields such as; peace and security, rule of law, women’s rights, child protection, migration, and humanitarian aids.UNCASA brought together 23 UN system partners and launched International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and International Ammunitions Technical Guidelines (IATG). Finally, UNCASAdiscussed how important reporting was and encouraged member states to send proposals to UNSCAR for any capacity assistance.
ECOWAS aligned to statements expressed by NAM, CARICOM, Africa Group and EU. They stated that they had seen the practical benefits of member states working in tandem, especially in the areas of marking and tracing, stockpile management, border controls and database implementation. ECOWAS promotes resource sharing among member states and commended numerous government and civil society partners for their work.
East African Community mentioned that its region has registered substantial progress in terms of legislation, disarmament initiatives, marking process, record keeping, public awareness and confidence. EAC outline the need for demand for SALW to be addressed, in addition to the positive steps the PoA takes in addressing the supply side. EAC also mentioned the links between small arms and wider issues such as development, armed violence and gender. Since terrorism is the main concern in this region, EAC stated that BMS5 should consider the exchange of tracing results between proper groups. Finally, EAC reaffirmed the need for international cooperation and assistance with enhanced and predictable support.
RECSA discussed the positive steps its member states had taken in implementing the PoA. Over 300,000 SALW have been destroyed and marking machines have been distributed to some member states to enhance their record keeping and tracing. However, RECSAstated that there are still large stocks that need to be destroyed. Finally, they wanted the link between SALW and development to be explicitly made and called for strengthening of regional organisations.
International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) supported the adoption of the ATT, which contributes to reducing armed violence. ICRC stated that the efficient control of weapon supplies would help development efforts in post-conflict zones. ICRC also stressed controlling arms supply was key, not only in peacetime, but also during armed conflict. In terms of assistance to nations, ICRC claimed that it should be made in each national context with practical guidelines and support.
In the NGO segment coordinated by IANSA in the following order (follow the links for the complete statements):
11 NRA speakers followed the IANSA segment.
Following these statements, member states were invited to give statements on item 9 of the agenda, ‘other issues and topics of relevance to the implementation of the PoA’.
States took to the floor in the following order; Kenya, CARICOM (Trinidad & Tobago), Czech Republic, Mexico, Russia, Guatemala, Argentina, Cameroon and Austria.
Argentina, CARICOM, Czech Republic, Guatemala, Kenya and Mexico all emphasised the synergies between the PoA, ATT and ITI, and called for the reflection of these synergies throughout the outcome document, not only in section 5. CARICOM suggested that the development of an integrated reporting format, between the instruments, which would reduce complaints about the reporting process.
Efforts to ensure a culture of peace were mentioned by CARICOM and Mexico, who mentioned a long list of countries who supported the statement.Further, Cameroon reminded the delegation of the negative impact of SALW on developing countries. This led to calls for greater international cooperation and assistance.
Austria echoed the earlier call from the International Committee of Red Cross for references in the outcome document to Victims Assistance, a position that they have been repeating throughout the week.
19 June, 2014 - Afternoon Summary
The afternoon session was used for informal consultation on the outcome document, and was closed to non-member states.
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