What is the Register?


The primary focus of the Register is on international arms transfers. Governments are also encouraged to provide additional background information, notably on procurement through national production and military holdings.

It is estimated that the Register captures more than 95 percent of the global transfers each year in seven agreed categories of combat systems.

The graph below shows a steep rise in global participation in the Register for calendar year 2000. The number of submissions for the latest calendar year 2001 may still rise, as some late submissions are expected.

Establishment and review of the Register


The Register of Conventional Arms was established by General Assembly resolution 46/36 L of 9 December 1991. Under a mandate provided by that resolution, a panel of governmental experts, appointed by the Secretary-General, elaborated the technical procedures of the Register, its scope and the standardized reporting form to be used by Member States when providing data on international arms transfers.

The technical experts also considered the mDDAlities for the further expansion of the seven agreed categories of equipment. They set out a potential list of equip-ment that could be con-sidered by future gov- ernmental experts. Thus far, the Register remains confined to the seven agreed categories of combat systems. see article

SG's Message

In an effort to stimulate work in the Conference on Disarmament on the subject, the Russian Federation and China submitted, on 27 June, the last day of the second part of the 2002 session, a joint Working Paper to the Conference on the prevention of the deployment of weapons in outer space, containing the basic elements for a future international legal agreement on the issue.

China believed that only a treaty-based prohibition of the deployment of weapons in outer space and the prevention of the threat or use of force against outer space objects, see article