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Implementation of the Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA)

The Small Arms Survey has released several new publications and resources at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider Implementation of the PoA. The event was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations.

These include a revised version of A Diplomat’s Guide to the UN Small Arms Process,  designed to assist and inform policy-makers who are new to the small arms disarmament agenda. This concise manual includes definitions and terminology, a brief history of the small arms process, more in-depth summaries of key issues, instruments, and measures, and their inter-relationships; and an overview of the roles of various institutions.  The 2014 Update includes updated information, including discussion of the Arms trade Treaty, which was adopted since the first edition was published in 2012.

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. A new online resource is now available, allowing users to dynamically explore the profiles of regional organizations and the scope of their PoA-related activities. Additionally, a French version of the Handbook has been made available for download.

Other publications presented include:

  •  An Issue Brief, Implementation in Practice: National  Points of Contact in the RECSA Region, which details activities in implementing the PoA by the 15 member states of the Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States (RECSA).
  • A Research Note, ‘Lessons Learned from Weapon-marking Initiatives,’ which examines the progress made by eight RECSA member states (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) during a 2007–2012 initiative to mark and register their national stockpiles with unique identifying codes.
  • A Research Note, ‘The Arms Trade Treaty: A Step Forward in Small Arms Control?’, which explores the relationship between the ATT and other international instruments in this area—such as the PoA—including synergies and inconsistencies.

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