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UN Small Arms Process

20 June 2014

The final meeting of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the States considered agenda item 10, the consideration of the Final Draft Document. Chairman Tanin introduced the oral revisions and editorial changes that would ensure the consistency of the document. Chairman Tanin asked the delegates for their consensus in the adoption of the Final Draft Document, and it was so decided. The floor was then opened for statements after the adoption.

19 June 2014 - Morning Session

The seventh meeting of the BMS5 was called to order by Chairman Zahir Tanin and began with statements by international, regional and non-governmental organisations.

18 June 2014 - Morning Session

The 5th meeting of the BMS5 was called to order by Chairman Zahir Tanin. The session broke up for delegation consultation then reconvened to discuss international cooperation and assistance.

17 June 2014 – Morning Session

The third meeting of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States was called to order by moderator, Anthony Simpson, of New Zealand. This session debated on the implementation of ITI for states to identify and trace small arms and light weapons and their ammunitions in a timely manner as contained in document a/conf/192/bms/2004/1. Two brief presentations were made on the related topic as proposed by the chair.

16 June 2014 – Morning session

The morning session was opened by the Deputy High Representative of Disarmament Affairs, Virginia Gamba.  She recalled that while over the past years there have been major achievements, member states still faced daunting challenges and hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe were destroyed by guns. Illegal guns created crime, conflict, threatened international aid workers and impeded development.

Disarm Domestic Violence

An International campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women is under way.

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

Nearly 60% of women murdered in Argentina from 1997 to 2010 were killed with a gun, according to IANSA member Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP).

On International Women's Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada and a wide range of organisations promoting women's safety continue their fight for the national long gun registry.

IANSA Women all over the world are celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, highlighting the campaign Disarm Domestic Violence, and calling for the inclusion of references to gender based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.

The Arms Trade Treaty

In France, members of the Control Arms Campaign, including Secours Catholique-Caritas, CCFD-Terre Solidarity, Amnesty International France and Oxfam France have issued a press release demanding that transparency is guaranteed in an ATT.

Women from 53 countries have now signed the open letter from the IANSA Women's Network calling for a strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to complement the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (UN PoA).

On 13 July, IANSA is co-hosting a side event on "The African context: Preventing the illicit arms trade through Compliance and Enforcement mechanisms in the Arms Trade Treaty" with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Amnesty International.

On 11 July, IANSA, IPPNW and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is co-hosting an event on “Health, women and development and the Arms Trade Treaty”.

The third Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT PrepCom) will take place at UN headquarters, 11-15 July.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

In Sudan, Upper Hand Organisation held a community workshop to raise awareness about the harmful effects of armed violence, domestic violence and the mental health of people who are victims of armed criminal violence.

The Asian Youth Centre and the Centre for Policy Advocacy organised a public meeting on the ATT in Delhi that included a speech by Major Mitali of the Indian Army.

The Control Arms Foundation of India and Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network held a successful meeting in Imphal, Manipur on the India side of the Indo-Burma border.

On 16 June religious leaders from a range of faiths met at the Gandhi Study Centre in Chennai, India to discuss the formation of the first Interreligious Movement for an Arms Trade Treaty, led by Caritas International.

Grassroots In Action (GIA) organised a seminar for the Week highlighting the impact of small arms on people and how to stop proliferation and misuse of these weapons.

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