yesThe United Nations will convene the `UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and\ud Light Weapons in All Its Aspects¿ in June/July 2001. The `2001 Conference¿ is now the primary\ud focus for international efforts to strengthen and develop co-ordinated and comprehensive global\ud action to prevent and reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.\ud A powerful international coalition of States, international organisations and civil society groups\ud is uniting to promote effective global action. Expectations for the 2001 Conference are high and\ud public awareness of the opportunities it offers is growing. It is critical that the 2001 Conference\ud is a success.\ud The 2001 Conference must achieve agreement on an effective International Action Programme\ud to prevent and reduce small arms and light weapons proliferation and combat illicit trafficking\ud in such weapons. This International Action Programme should reinforce, co-ordinate and\ud extend measures being taken at local, national and regional levels. In addition to establishing\ud an appropriate set of international norms and standards, the 2001 Conference should achieve\ud agreement on specific international action on the problems associated with small arms and\ud light weapons.\ud The specific objectives of the 2001 Conference are currently undecided. This paper, the first\ud in a series of briefings, outlines a proposed scope for the Conference. It further proposes\ud concrete objectives and practical agreements which could be achieved during the Conference.\ud It is hoped that the proposals and recommendations presented will contribute to efforts to secure\ud a comprehensive and progressive framework for the Conference
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