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10 Jul 2017 description

DC/3723
7 July 2017

General Assembly
Conference on Nuclear Weapons, 28th & 29th Meetings (AM & PM)

Nuclear Weapons, Always Immoral, Now Also Illegal, Declares Hiroshima Survivor as Disarmament Chief Urges, ‘Use Treaty Wisely’

To cheers and sustained applause, the Conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons completed its work today, adopting a Treaty that would ban such weapons of mass destruction with a view to their total elimination.

08 Mar 2017 description

DC/3687-AFR/3538

NEW YORK, 8 March (Office for Disarmament Affairs/Department of Political Affairs) — The Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and all Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly (Kinshasa Convention) enters into force today, today.

30 Aug 2016 description

DC/3651

NEW YORK, 30 August 2016 (Joint Investigative Mechanism) — The Security Council considered the third report (document S/2016/738) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)‑United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism, pursuant to resolution 2235 (2015). The report provides the findings, assessments and conclusions of the Mechanism’s Leadership Panel regarding those behind the use of chemicals as weapons in Syria.

09 May 2016 description

DC/3631

NEW YORK, 9 May (Joint Investigative Mechanism) — The investigators of the Joint Investigative Mechanism, mandated to identify those responsible for the use of chemical weapons in Syria, pursuant to Security Council resolution 2235 (2015), visited Damascus last week. They met with Syrian authorities and reviewed information related to the nine cases that were identified for in-depth investigation in the Mechanism’s first report to the Security Council in February.

22 Jun 2014 description

DC/3509

Fifth Biennial Meeting of States on Illicit Trade in Small Arms 8th Meeting (PM)

Despite Consensus Adoption,
Concern Expressed over Absence of Ammunition from Outcome Text

Concluding its week-long session today, the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States on small arms and light weapons adopted by consensus an outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.

19 Jun 2014 description

DC/3507

New Fifth Biennial Meeting of States
on Illicit Trade in Small Arms
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

International cooperation and assistance in capacity-building and technology transfer were key to the implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to counter the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, delegates concurred as the fifth Biennial Meeting of States moved into day three of its session.

17 Jun 2014 description

DC/3505

Fifth Biennial Meeting of States
on Illicit Trade in Small Arms
1st & 2nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Against a backdrop of fragile security, illegal guns, grenades and rocket launchers had ripped communities apart while fuelling terrorism, and would require strong collective efforts to halt their spread, delegates heard today as the fifth Biennial Meeting of States to combat the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons opened its 2014 session.

16 May 2014 description

DC/3500

NEW YORK, 15 May (Office for Disarmament Affairs) — The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific is cooperating with the Government of Myanmar to organize a two-day workshop in Nay Pyi Taw on 15 and 16 May to assist Government agencies involved in small arms and light weapons control, in order to effectively implement the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.

29 Mar 2013 description

DC/3423

Final Conference
on Arms Trade Treaty
17th Meeting* (PM)

Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Syria Block Consensus; Speaker Says ‘This is Success Deferred, Not Failure’ as Text Heads to General Assembly for Vote

19 Mar 2013 description

DC/3420

Final Conference
on Arms Trade Treaty
1st & 2nd Meetings (AM & PM)

New Round of Negotiations Gets Under Way to Reach Consensus on Binding Treaty to Control Cross-border Trade

09 Sep 2012 description

DC/3389

Review Conference
on Illicit Small Arms Trade
14th Meeting* (PM)

Concern Voiced over Accuracy, Lack of Stronger Language in Some Areas

Concluding its two-week session today, the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons adopted a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.

30 Aug 2012 description

DC/3385

Review Conference
on Illicit Small Arms Trade
5th Meeting (AM)

The United Nations Review Conference continued today with representatives of firearms associations throwing into sharp relief the distinction between legal civilian ownership of weapons and the devastating illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, as speakers underscored the right of individuals — and women in particular — to defend themselves against violence.

27 Aug 2012 description

DC/3381

Review Conference
on Illicit Small Arms Trade
1st & 2nd Meetings (AM & PM)

Easy Availability of Firepower Expands Impact,
Meeting Told, as Mauritius Delivers Statement for General Assembly President

25 Jul 2012 description

DC/3371

United Nations Conference
on the Arms Trade Treaty
12th & 13th Meetings (AM & PM)

In what was seen as a major breakthrough in negotiations at the ongoing United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty, delegates today received their first comprehensive paper from the Conference President containing elements to be incorporated into a legally binding text, and came together to discuss it in plenary after many informal meetings that lasted into the night and throughout the weekend.

13 Jul 2012 description

DC/3368

United Nations Conference
on the Arms Trade Treaty
9th Meeting* (PM)

President of Liberia Cites $2.2 Billion Worth of Guns
Flowing into Targeted Countries despite United Nations, Regional Embargoes

10 Jul 2012 description

DC/3366

United Nations Conference
on the Arms Trade Treaty
6th Meeting (AM)

As UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference Begins Second Week, Hears from 22 More Speakers in General Debate, Continues Negotiations in Main Committees

08 Jul 2012 description

DC/3365

United Nations Conference
on the Arms Trade Treaty
5th Meeting (AM)

As First Week Concludes, Hears from 7 More Speakers in General Debate,
Convenes in Main Committees to Discuss Treaty’s Goals, Objectives, Scope

05 Jul 2012 description

DC/3364

United Nations Conference
on the Arms Trade Treaty
3rd & 4th Meetings (AM & PM)

World Can No Longer Wait for Regulation of Conventional Weapons Trade, Says Speaker; Several Favour Inclusion of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Ammunition

An effective arms trade treaty was an “opportunity to sow the seeds of durable peace and spark hope among millions that violence and conflict can be overcome,” the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty heard today as it continued its month-long session in New York.

22 Mar 2012 description

DC/3328

Preparatory Committee for Review Conference
on Illicit Small Arms Trade
5th & 6th Meetings (AM & PM)

Meeting also Discusses International Tracing Instrument, Elects Vice-Chair

Ending human suffering was the primary purpose of the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, a Nigerian doctor reminded delegates today as they prepared for an upcoming review conference.