This high level meeting aimed to explore the current progress on combating, preventing and eradicating illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons. Representatives focused on three aspects, including implementation of Programme of Action (PoA) at national level, impact of illegal weapon trade on sustainable development, as well as the importance of international collaboration.
Representatives presented national policies and strategies adopted to eliminate illegal circulation of firearms. The United States, for example, established control systems on destructions of weapons while providing assistance to other countries in terms of export control of weapons. The representative of Philippines stated that a nation-wide firearms control program was executed and assured that such program is of top priority of the government.
At the same time, Liberia described the socio-economic consequences brought by illicit trafficking of weapons, such as the emergence of civil wars around the region. Sierra Leone further added that it is pivotal to ensure the compliance of PoA in order to achieve SDG 16, in particular the forth item, “by 2030 significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime.” South Africa and Netherlands emphasized the importance of maintaining gender equality by empowering more women to engage in addressing illicit trading of firearms.
The Republic of Korea highlighted that it is indispensable for nations to contribute to the Peacekeeping Fund with the purpose for building capacity to facilitate synergies among countries. Cuba and Ukraine echoed that international assistance should be strengthened to enhance global tracing of illegal weapon trading. Argentina suggested providing more training to personnel involved in the PoA according to different needs of nations.
Meeting: United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects: General Exchange of Views
Date/Location: Conference Room 4, UNHQ NYC; 15:00-18:00; June 18th 2018
Speakers: Ambassador Jean-Claude Brunet (President of Conference)
Representative of United States
Representative of Philippines
Representative of Nepal
Representative of Democratic Republic of Congo
Representative of Russia
Representative of Thailand
Representative of Namibia
Representative of Sierra Leone
Representative of Republic of Korea
Representative of Cuba
Representative of South Africa
Representative of Ukraine
Representative of Argentina
Representative of Netherlands
Representative of Mexico
Representative of Egypt
Representative of Brazil
Representative of Colombia
Representative of Peru
Representative of Chile
Representative of Uruguay
Written By: WIT representative, Rosalind Cheung