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IANSA has a presence at UN Headquarters these two weeks to ensure that civil society is strong and visible at the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA), taking place from the 27th August to 7th September.
 
The summaries below provide some highlights of the work of the Review Conference.
 

IANSA's presence at the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) was launched as three members, Jasmine Nario-Galace (Director, Center for Peace Education, Philippines), Hector Guerra (Network Coordinator, IANSA, Mexico), and Marie-Thérèse Ngandji (Executive Director, Caritas, Gabon) delivered speeches addressing IANSA's review of PoA Implementation so far, and hopes for further progress in the future.

Transcripts of the three speeches are available below.

The Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, is due to run from 27th August to 7th September at UN Headquarters in New York.

More than a decade has passed since the adoption of the PoA in 2001, which has laid the foundation for action at the national, regional and global levels.

The Second Review Conference for the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA), is about to commence at the UN Headquarters in New York, 27th - 7th August, 2012.

In May 2012, as part of the 'Firearms Destruction and Stockpile Management Assistance Package for Caribbean States,' the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, through its Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, provided a set of hydraulic shears to the Bahamas. This provides a permanent and sustainable capacity to destroy surplus, obsolete and confiscated small arms.

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This document outlines recommendations that would strengthen areas of the Arms Trade Treaty that have the potential to control and reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and related ammunition. The inclusion of these is vital if the Arms Trade Treaty is to be effective in saving lives and reducing serious injury to people around the world.

The East African Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) is monitoring media for the latest news and stories relating to the small arms issue in the region.

The Implementation Plan for the 'Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Their Ammunition and All Parts and Components That Can Be Used for Their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly', known as the Kinshasa Convention,  was drafted by the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and adopted by state parties to the convention in November 2010. 

The 'Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly', known as the Kinshasa Convention, was signed on 19 November

This is the second of our quarterly Updates on IANSA in Africa to keep you informed of progress on the continent. This issue focuses on the ‘Central Africa Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and all Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly’, known as the 'Kinshasa Convention'.   

This is the first of our quarterly Updates on IANSA in Africa to keep you informed of progress on the continent. This issue focuses on a project coordinated by The Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), entitled ‘The Fight Against the Illicit Accumulation and Trafficking of Firearms in Africa’. 

UNREC is the UN regional disarmament centre in Africa. In addition to supporting initiatives to implement the UN Programme of Action on small arms, it has been coordinating the creation of the Kinshasa Convention since 2009. This Convention promotes small arms control in Central Africa. More

This UN regional centre covers Asia and the Pacific, and works to assist countries implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, as well as other disarmament initiatives. More

This UN regional centre covers Asia and the Pacific, and works to assist countries implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, as well as other disarmament initiatives. More

UNLiREC is the UN regional centre for disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

IANSA members in West Africa are keeping track of states’ implementation of the ECOWAS convention on their websites.

A new report analyses Colombia's national laws in the light of international instruments on small arms control.