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This publication is an update of the "Small Arms and Light Weapons Selected United Nations Documents" prepared by the Department for Disarmament Affairs and the Department of Public Information soon after the First Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons, held in July 2003. It contains various General Assembly and Security Council documents related to the issue of small arms and light weapons.
The papers included in this document examine
the relationship between disarmament and development in the existing international
context, shaped as it is by new challenges to security.
Paper I is about world peace and economic prosperity
Paper II looks at confidence-building measures as a tool for disarmament development
Paper III speaks about the Commission on Disarmament and Development.
The papers were based on the presentations made at the Symposium on the Relationship Between Disarmament and Development, November 2004, by three experts in the field.
Focusing primarily on post-conflict situations,
this handbook for planners in the field aims to provide an easy reference
guide to various methods that may be employed in the destruction of small
arms and light weapons and their associated ammunition natures.
Seeking to enable Member States to ensure the disposal of weapons voluntarily surrendered by civilians or retrieved from former combatants, the guide addresses the destruction of the following:
- Small arms and light weapons
- Small arms ammunition
- Rockets, missiles, shells, mortars and grenades