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Putting Children First: Building a Framework for International Action to Address the Impact of Small Arms on Children

By R. Stohl

Abstract

YesSmall arms and light weapons (SALW) are recognised as increasing the lethality, duration and\ud intensity of conflict with the effects of these weapons lasting for many years. The negative\ud impacts of SALW are often greatest for the most vulnerable groups, including children. There\ud is widespread international recognition of the negative effects of small arms on children, but\ud efforts to control small arms and those to protect children have rarely been linked.\ud The United Nations 2001 Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in\ud All Its Aspects and the UN Special Session on Children provide unique opportunities to\ud examine the complex issues surrounding small arms and their impact on children, in particular,\ud how the presence, proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons affect the\ud lives of children

Topics: Small arms; Light weapons; SALW, ; Illegal arms trade, ; Illicit trafficking, ; International co-operation, ; Children, ; Conflict societies, ; Post-conflict societies, ; Small arms proliferation, ; Youth, ; Child soldiers
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:bradscholars.brad.ac.uk:10454/4269
Provided by: Bradford Scholars

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