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UN Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Conference


Three preparatory committees formed the preparation for the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, held 9-20 July 2001. The first, February 28-March 3, 2000; the second, January 8-19, 2001; and the third March 19-30, 2001.

UN Page for the Small Arms and Light Weapons Conference

Also includes links to the UN SALW Press Kit.

Revised Program of Action for the SALW Conference

By the conclusion of the conference (20 July 2001), delegates approved this revised program of action.

Draft Program of Action for the SALW Conference

Revised in February 2001, the draft for action debated at the SALW conference.

NGO Statements and Participation (July 16, 2001)

Also includes information on the NGO side calendar of events and accreditation.

Speech by Netherlands Minister of Foreign Affairs (July 9, 2001)

Mr. Jozias van Aartsen argues that regulating the illicit trade in small arms means that states must also regulate the legal trade in arms "in order to prevent spill over into the illegal arms trade."


IANSA Calendar and Daily NGO Update for the Third Prep-Com (March 19-31, 2001)

Includes daily report from the IANSA Coordinator, with summaries of speeches at the Prep-Com. Also links to reports from the second Prep-Com.

Framework Convention on International Arms Transfers

Drafted by a coalition of NGOs "Stop the Terror Trade" is sponsored by the Commission of Nobel Peace Laureates' Initiative to Control Arms Transfers. This Convention would "codify rules governing the limitations on states' freedom to transfer arms that already exist in international law. (IANSA)"

Member State Views on Small Arms (2000-2001)

From the website for the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, to be held in July 2001, a welcome collection (easy to navigate) of statements.

Draft Programme of Action (January 9, 2001)

A working paper by the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Small Arms Conference.

Up in Arms: Controlling the International Trade in Small Arms (January 22, 2001)

Oxfam presents its recommendations for the agenda of the UN small arms conference.



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