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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

On 21 May, the Southern Sudan Action Network on Small Arms and IKV Pax Christi held a joint workshop for members of the state legislative assembly in Upper Nile State, Southern Sudan.

Sarah Mastersand other IANSA women participated in the conference of the Nobel Women's Initiative ‘Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict’ from 23-25 May 2011 in Quebec, Canada.

On 17-25 May, Florella Hazeley of the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) joined individuals and religious groups from all over the world at the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC), organised by the World Council of Churches in Kingston, Jamaica.

The UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has issued an Aide Memoir outlining the accreditation procedure for Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to participate at the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty<--break->, Third Session (PrepCom) 11-15 July 2011.

On 12 May, IANSA members Fundacio per la Pau, Centre d’Estudis per a la Pau J.M. Delas and Action on Armed Violence, alongside Ranveig Svenning Berg from the IANSA Secretariat, gave presentations on civil society involvement in peace and disarmament and the campaign for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at a conference in Castellón, Spain.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

In Sudan, Upper Hand Organisation marked the Week of Action with a concert in the region of Umbadda, west of Khartoum.

The Senegalese Action Network on Small Arms (RESAAL) is holding a variety of activities along the route of a famous pilgrimage in Popenguine, Senegal.

WAANSA-Burkina participated in a radio show on OUAGA FM, during which listeners learned about recent research on illicit guns by the National Commission, and were invited to phone in and ask questions about small arms in Burkina Faso.

Joseph Smith of the Campaign for Peace and Non-Violence, Sierra Leone,  featured in a programme on West Africa Democracy Radio in Sierra Leone.

IANSA members in Cote d’Ivoire demanded that the Ivorian government ratify the ECOWAS Convention on small arms during a conference in Abidjan as part of the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence.

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