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Regional initiatives and the UN 2001 Conference: Building Mutual Support and Complementarity.

By E. Clegg, Owen J. Greene, S. Meek and G. O'Callaghan

Abstract

yesAs the agenda for the United Nations (UN) 2001 Conference on The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects takes shape, governments should begin to identify a set\ud of standards, mechanisms and specific agreements that will help consolidate, reinforce and\ud co-ordinate regional and national measures to address the problem of the proliferation and\ud misuse of small arms. An important element of this approach will be to build upon the wealth\ud of regional and national experiences and perspectives that illustrate the different contexts\ud in which efforts to combat the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons have\ud occurred. At the same time, agreements reached at the UN 2001 Conference should be\ud substantial, establishing an agreed comprehensive `international action programme¿ f o r\ud sustained global effort on this complex problem. However there remain issues and concerns\ud that are common to all regions: these should be identified and addressed internationally\ud within the context of the UN 2001 Conference.\ud This briefing, the second in the Biting the Bullet series, reviews some of the current regional\ud e fforts on small arms and light weapons. It identifies common approaches that have been used\ud in different regions to counter the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons,\ud these include: law enforcement and crime control; supplier restraint and transparency; national\ud legislation and regulation of arms; and arms reduction and control. The briefing analyses\ud initiatives using these approaches that are moving forward in West Africa, Eastern and\ud Southern Africa, the European Union (EU), and the development of cooperation between\ud EU Member States and other countries and regional organizations, including Cambodia\ud and the Southern African Development Community. The briefing identifies the impact and\ud priorities of these initiatives, suggesting ways in which the UN 2001 Conference is both\ud relevant to the region and what the region can contribute to the outcomes of the Conference.\ud The briefing concludes with recommendations on the ways in which regional processes can be\ud reinforced and further developed by the international community, focusing especially on the\ud contribution of the UN 2001 Conference. Experience is showing that much of what happens\ud nationally and regionally needs reinforcement and further development with assistance from\ud the international community. The UN 2001 Conference comes at an important time for providing\ud the framework ¿ through the international action programme ¿ to develop, reinforce and\ud c o-ordinate these national and regional processes, through developing appropriate international\ud norms, standards, programmes and mechanisms. Using the illustration of combating illicit arms\ud trafficking, this briefing outlines some of the processes that could be taken forward through\ud the UN 2001 Conference which would build upon and strengthen national and regional eff o r t s .\ud The briefing contains an annex, which provides background information on many current\ud regional and international initiatives, including those in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe\ud and inter-regionally, such as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and\ud the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

Topics: UN 2001 Conference on The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, Small arms trade, Light weapons trade, Illicit trafficking, Weapons proliferation reduction, International Action Programme, Law enforcement, Supplier restraint, Transparancy, International co-operation, Illegal arms trade
Publisher: British American Security Information Council (BASIC), International Alert and Saferworld
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4236
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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