UN: Eradicating arms trafficking in Central Africa

The UN Security Council adopted a Presidential Statement on Central Africa on 19 March, containing the first significant reference to small arms proliferation agreed by the Council since 2007. The statement was issued after a debate on 'Illicit Arms Trafficking in Central Africa', convened by the UN Mission of Gabon, which held the presidency of the Council during March. A wide range of member states and UN agencies participated in the debate, which focused on the impact of gun violence in the region, a topic rarely addressed by the Council. More.