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Video podcast of the media briefing on the launch of the Small Arms Survey 2012: Moving Targets, at the United Nations in New York on 27 August 2012. Authors discuss the flagship publication's key findings at a press conference hosted by the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN.


Two new Handbooks illuminate the UN small arms process

Two new publications from the Small Arms Survey, released at the United Nations in New York, offer useful resources to diplomats, policy makers, and others involved in the UN small arms process.

A Diplomat’s Guide to the UN Small Arms Process is designed to assist and inform policy-makers who are new to the small arms disarmament agenda. While it is not meant to serve as a policy tool or as an exhaustive review of the small arms process, this concise manual includes definitions and terminology, a brief history of the small arms process, summaries of key issues, instruments, and measures; and an overview of the roles of various institutions.

The Guide provides an explanation of what small arms and light weapons are, and offers some details on the specifications and parts of the main types of weapons in these categories, to familiarize readers with the basics of small arms terminology and technicalities. It gives an overview of the lifecycle of a firearm, from manufacture to eventual destruction, and the various international commitments for action and control at different stages.

The Regional Organizations and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA) handbook offers profiles of 52 regional organizations, explaining their role in implementing the PoA. Regional organizations have an important function in the control of small arms, as illicit small arms are often related to regional conflicts and smuggled regionally. Transborder cooperation, information sharing, and regionally harmonized marking and tracing are essential elements of an effective small arms control mechanism.

This Handbook provides a wealth of information on regional activities, and draws some useful connections among the antinarcotic, anti-terrorism, and anti-transnational-crime communities.

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