Review Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons: 2nd meeting in the German Mission with UNODA and the Group of Interested States on practical disarmament measures (GIS)
The second of two sessions in the GIS-framework (Group of Interested States on practical disarmament measures) along the sidelines of the current review conference on small arms and light weapons (SALW) took place on 30 August in the German Mission.
A broad array of perspectives and tools were on display, all with regard to responsibilities to implement the UN Programme of Action. Once more, this GIS meeting served as an important forum for concrete discussion and information exchange bringing together governmental experts, NGOs and industry.
Presenters from Small Arms Survey introduced the “Illicit Weapons Project” which monitors authorized transfers and illicit trade of SALW in conflict areas and presented the latest developments in demilitarization in South East Europe.
A particular focus was on Côte d’Ivoire: The head of the National SALW Commission, Anzian Kouadja, explained Côte d’Ivoire’s national policy on SALW including physical security and stockpile management, promoting community awareness and securing control over artisanal weaponry. The implementation process is supported by GIZ (German International Cooperation). Ms. Mimidoo Achakpa of IANSA highlighted the importance of gender issues in UNPoA implementation efforts.
The final presentation by the company Armatix focussed on “smart technology” and electronic control designed to make weapons safer and prevent diversion to unauthorized end users.