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Group of Governmental Experts on Problems Arising from the Accumulation of Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles in Surplus

September 28, 2021

In September 2021, the Group of Governmental Experts published their report on “Problems Arising from the Accumulation of Conventional Ammunition Stockpiles in Surplus”, as per the request of the General Assembly in resolution 72/55 in 2017. The Secretary-General established the Group of Governmental Experts in 2020. In accordance with the request of the General Assembly, […]

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United Nations General Assembly First Committee: Disarmament and International Security 2021

September 21, 2021

The 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) First Committee on Disarmament and International Security will start on 4 October and end around 5 November 2021. First Committee deals with all disarmament and security matters that affect the international community. It provides space for member states to exchange their views on disarmament-related considerations […]

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United Nations Secretary-General Reports

May 13, 2021

The UN Secretary-General regularly reports on issues related to small arms and light weapons to the Security Council and the General Assembly. The most recent reports are available below. Find all other Secretary-General reports on the UNODA website here.

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Arms Trade Treaty

May 2, 2021

Before the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in April 2013 by the General Assembly of the United Nations, there was no global set of rules governing the trade in conventional weapons. The ATT sets robust international standards to help guide governments in deciding whether or not to authorize arms transfers. It provides for […]

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Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol)

May 2, 2021

The Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol) is the only legally binding instrument to counter the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition at the global level. It was adopted by resolution 55/255 of 31 May 2001 […]

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UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and Regional Disarmament Centres

April 30, 2021

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) The UNODA’s mandate on regional disarmament is to promote and enhance international efforts towards global disarmament and international peace and security through the support and promotion of regional disarmament efforts and initiatives using approaches freely arrived at among the States of the region and taking into account the legitimate […]

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Sustainable Development Goals

April 30, 2021

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched in 2015 to end poverty and set the world on a path of peace, prosperity and opportunity for all on a healthy planet. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demand nothing short of a transformation of the financial, economic and political systems that govern our societies today […]

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Modular Small-Arms-Control Implementation Compendium (MOSAIC)

April 30, 2021

MOSAIC is a set of voluntary, practical guidance notes that each combine the best small-arms expertise in succinct, operational advice. MOSAIC is the result of a decade of coordinated work within the UN system. Modules from the compendium are used in well over half of Member States, assisting authorities around the world to improve their […]

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Youth and Disarmament

April 30, 2021

The world today is home to the largest generation of young people in history, 1.8 billion. Close to 90 per cent of them live in developing countries, where they constitute a large proportion of the population. Connected to each other like never before, young people want to and already contribute to the resilience of their […]

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