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Central African States sign a new convention on the control of small arms and light weapons
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Austria and Saudi Arabia Host Meetings on Cooperation in Promoting Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540
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UN Regional Centre for Disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC training course wins award for regional best practice on firearms control
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Asian Regional Seminar - "Supporting the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations through Regional Discussions and Expertise Sharing"
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Ninth United Nations-Republic of Korea Joint Conference addresses pressing issues on Disarmament and Non-proliferation
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The 2010 Disarmament Fellowship Programme undertakes final segment at United Nations Headquarters in New York

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New Print and Online UNODA Publications

Central African States sign a new convention on the control of small arms and light weapons

Opening of NPT Review Conference

The United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa held its 31st ministerial meeting in Brazzaville, from 15 to 19 November 2010, under the presidency of the Republic of the Congo.

The highlight of the meeting was the opening for signature of the "Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly", also called "The Kinshasa Convention". This Convention, adopted in April 2010, represents a major legal advance in the fight against illicit trade and trafficking of small arms and light weapons in a sub-region where such weapons have long maintained and exacerbated violence and conflicts.

The Convention was signed on 19 November 2010 in Brazzaville by Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Sao Tomé & Principe, with Burundi, Equatorial Guinea and Rwanda expected to follow suit shortly.

In the framework of the 31st ministerial meeting, the eleven member States of the Committee also adopted the Implementation Plan of the Convention which will allow States to take the measures necessary for the control of small arms and light weapons (SALW) as soon as the Convention enters into force. Together, the Convention and the Code of Conduct for the Armed and Security Forces in Central Africa, form the "Sao Tomé Initiative", which was adopted by the Committee in May 2007.

The agenda of the ministerial meeting in Brazzaville included other topics, such as recent developments in the geopolitical and security situation in the sub-region, maritime piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, as well as the promotion of disarmament and arms limitation programmes in Central Africa. In addition, the States examined the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) and 1889 (2009) on women, peace and security.

The 31st ministerial meeting was attended by ministers and high-level civilian and military officials of the member States, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs as well as officials of the African Union Commission, the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), missions and offices of the United Nations in the sub-region, and the General Secretariat of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (IC/GLR).

The Advisory Committee was established by the Secretary-General on 28 May 1992, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/37 B of 6 December 1991. Its primary objective is to promote peace and security in Central Africa through confidence-building measures, notably in the fields of disarmament and arms limitation.

 

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Austria and Saudi Arabia Host Meetings on Cooperation in Promoting Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540


 

 

 

 

 

A meeting of international, regional and subregional organizations on cooperation in promoting the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) was held in Vienna, Austria, from 15 to 16 December. Hosted by the Government of Austria and organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the meeting responds to a Security Council request made to the Committee established pursuant to Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) to provide opportunities for interaction among relevant organisations. The meeting brought together, for the first time, representatives from 25 international, regional and subregional organizations, including United Nations entities, in addition to representatives and experts of the Security Council's 1540 Committee. Participants outlined their respective organizations' specific policies and practices for promoting the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) amongst their Member States while sharing experiences and lessons learned. The meeting also addressed issues of continued cooperation and interaction among participating organizations.

Saudi Arabia hosted a "Workshop on Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) concerning preventing terrorists from gaining access to weapons of mass destruction" in Riyadh on 11-12 December. The Saudi Kingdom had announced its decision to organize this Gulf Cooperation Council workshop in cooperation with the United Nations at the Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, D.C., on 12-13 April. Ambassador Claude Heller, Permanent Representative of Mexico and Chairman of the Security Council's 1540 Committee attended the workshop. Committee experts, as well as a representative of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, made presentations at the workshop.

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UN Regional Centre for Disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC training course wins award for regional best practice on firearms control)

On 25 October 2010, at the "Compromiso Centroamérica" meeting on 'building a safe Central America", UN-LiREC´s Inter Institutional Training Course on Combating Illicit Firearms Trafficking (IITC) was recognized as "Best Practice" in the category of Regional Arms Control Initiatives. This honour was awarded to UN-LiREC by the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre on Latin America and the Caribbean and the Spanish International Cooperation Agency for Development (AECID).

UN-LiREC's IITC was recognized as a tangible contribution to the development of a comprehensive regional security strategy for Central America and Mexico.

Since 2004, UN-LiREC has trained over 2,700 law enforcement officials from 14 Latin American and Caribbean countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay).

 

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Asian Regional Seminar - "Supporting the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations through Regional Discussions and Expertise Sharing"

Alfredo Labbé

Representatives of 20 countries from Central, South and Southeast Asia, together with regional and international organizations and civil society were invited to Kathmandu, Nepal, from 10 to 12 November to discuss conventional arms transfers and possibilities to improve their controls through a new instrument currently under negotiation at the United Nations, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The regional seminar was sponsored by the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD), and funded by the European Union.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal, Sujata Koirala, opened the three-day seminar which consisted of two thematic parts during which participants concentrated on the current and ongoing negotiations, substantive issues, cooperation, assistance and capacity-building. To share regional and international expertise with participants, Government representatives as well as international experts from the European Union, the ICRC and civil society organizations made specific presentations on topics concerning the establishment and enforcement of effective arms transfer control systems under an ATT. Working groups discussed the scope, parameters and implementation of an ATT as well as how to ensure transparency and accountability of a future instrument.

The seminar supported the importance of a region-specific approach to this issue and stressed the need for further discussions at all levels and underscored the significance of ownership and responsibility by national and regional stakeholders. The participants stressed the need for a clear and focused legal framework which addresses accountability, information sharing, transparency and training and capacity building.

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Ninth United Nations-Republic of Korea Joint Conference addresses pressing issues on Disarmament and Non-proliferation

Group photo at the opening of the exhibition "Putting an End to Nuclear Explosions"

The ninth UN-ROK Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation Issues took place in Jeju Island, ROK, on 2 and 3 December 2010, with the participation of over 40 representatives from governments, academic institutions, the nuclear industry and civil society. This year's conference, with the overall theme of "Nuclear Renaissance and International Peace and Security", addressed the issue of global nuclear energy expansion, its challenges and opportunities, implications for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation as well as ways and means of enhancing nuclear security and preventing nuclear terrorism. The Conference was opened and closed by Ms. Hannelore Hoppe, Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Welcoming and closing remarks were also made by Mr. Cho Hyun, ROK's Deputy Minister of Multilateral and Global Affairs.

The annual Conference is organized jointly by the Office for Disarmament Affairs through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific and the Government of the Republic of Korea. Hosted by the Republic of Korea since 2002, it has become an important forum characterized by frank and constructive exchanges of views among government officials, independent experts, researchers, and civil society representatives on challenges and solutions to pressing disarmament and security issues. It also addresses particular disarmament and non-proliferation concerns in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Conference is financed through voluntary contributions made to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, including by the Government of the Republic of Korea.

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The 2010 Disarmament Fellowship Programme undertakes final segment at United Nations Headquarters in New York


The New York segment of the Fellowship Programme is meant primarily to expose the participating Fellows from 25 Member States to the work of the General Assembly's First Committee (Disarmament and International Security). Participants were briefed by members of the delegations to the First Committee and United Nations officials, including the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Sergio Duarte, on a broad spectrum of arms control and disarmament issues on the agenda of the United Nations and attended meetings of the Committee. The Fellows engaged in practical exercises, including on the drafting, introduction of and action on draft resolutions in the First Committee, roundtable discussions on various security and disarmament-related issues and a nuclear simulation exercise organized by the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies, Monterey, California.

The New York segment followed an initial segment of two weeks in Geneva, which began on 23 August, aimed particularly at exposing the Fellows to issues on the agenda of the Conference on Disarmament. It also included a traditional study visit to Bern, Switzerland organized by the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. This was followed by study visits to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. Prior to coming to New York, the Fellows visited Germany, China and Japan, at the invitation of the respective Governments.

The United Nations Disarmament Fellowship Programme was launched by the General Assembly in 1978 with the aim of promoting expertise in disarmament in more Member States, particularly targeting developing countries. Implemented by the Office for Disarmament Affairs, the Programme has trained, in its 32-year history, over 800 public officials from 160 Member States, a large number of whom are now in positions of responsibility in the field of disarmament within their own governments.

The Programme has enabled former Fellows to participate more effectively in regional and global efforts in the field of disarmament and has created an informal network of disarmament specialists spanning the various regions of the world.

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Civil Society and Disarmament

New Print and Online UNODA Publications

Available in electronic format and to be released in print in November 2010:

Civil Society and Disarmament

• This publication contains the statements by representatives of civil society organizations which were delivered on 7 May 2010 during the Non-Governmental Organizations segment of the 2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non- Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

• The Office for Disarmament Affairs is publishing this material within the context of General Assembly resolution 63/81 on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme in order to further an informed debate on topical issues of arms limitation, disarmament and security.

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Sales No. E.10.IX.6 | ISBN 978-92-1-142277-1

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UNODA Occasional Paper No. 20

Available in electronic format and to be released in print on 26 October 2010:

UNODA Occasional Paper No. 20: Promoting Further Openness and Transparency in Military Matters

• This publication is a contribution prepared jointly by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) for the Group of Governmental Experts, which will review the operation of the United Nations Standardized Instrument for Reporting Military Expenditures and its further development (the report is expected in 2011). This publication may also benefit those concerned with these matters in Governments, civil society and the academic community.

 

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Sales No. E.10.IX.5 | ISBN 978-92-1-142276-4

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Released on 4 October 2010 in print and electronic formats:

Yearbook 2009 (Part 1)

United Nations
Disarmament Yearbook,
Vol. 34 (Part II): 2009

United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, Volume 34 (Part II): 2009

• Summarizes developments and trends in 2009 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels.

• Reviews the activity of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission.

• Contains a timeline that highlights events in multilateral disarmament in 2009.

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Sales No. E.10.IX.1 | ISBN 978-92-1-142273-3

 

 

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