Context and background

An array of agreed documents from within and outside of the United Nations on the arms trade and related issues.
Charter of the United Nations (1945)
General Assembly
Outcome document First Special Session on Disarmament SSODI (1978)
GA resolution A/RES/43/75I (1988) on International Arms Transfer
GA resolution A/RES/46/36H and L (1991) on International Arms Transfers and Transparency in Armaments [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
GA resolution 57/66 (2002) on national legislation on transfers of military equipment and dual-use goods [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
GA resolution 61/89 (2006) on an ATT [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
GA resolution 63/240 (2008) on an ATT [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Secretary-General's report on Member States’ views on an ATT A/62/278 (2007) (Part I and II, Add. 1-4)
Analysis of Member States’ views on an ATT (UNIDIR, 2007) (Part I and II)
Groups of Governmental Experts (GGE)
Report of the GGE on transparency in international transfers of conventional arms (A/46/301) (1991) [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Report of the GGE on the UN Register (A/61/261) [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Report of the GGE on combating illicit brokering (A/62/163) [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Report of the GGE on an ATT (A/63/334) (2008) [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Report of the GGE on Problems arising from the accumulation of conventional ammunition in stockpiles in surplus (A/63/182) (2008)
[A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Conference on Disarmament
CD1103 (1991) Communiqué by the Security Council P-5 to the CD – conventional arms transfers and non-proliferation [E] [F] [S]
CD1113 (1991) Communiqué by the Security Council P-5 to the CD – Guidelines on conventional arms transfers [A] [C] [E]
UN Disarmament Commission
UNDC report A/47/42 (1992) – Guidelines and recommendations for objective information on military matters [E] [F] [R] [S]
UNDC report A/51/42 (1996) – Guidelines for international arms transfers [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
UN Transparency Instruments
GA resolution 46/36L (1991) – UN Register of Conventional Arms [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)
Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials (A/RES/34/169) (1979) [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (1990)
The Geneva Conventions (Convention I –IV, as revised 1949) and their Additional protocols
Agreements on conventional arms
Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW Treaty) (2001, as amended)
UN Programme of Action on small arms (2001)
Firearms Protocol (2001), supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
International Tracing Instrument on small arms and light weapons (2005)
Security Council
SG report S/2011/255 on small arms [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SG report S/2008/258 on small arms [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Security Council Presidential statement S/PRST/2008/43 on the reduction of armaments [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security [A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Security Council arms embargoes
SC resolution 751 (1992) concerning Somalia
SC resolution 918 (1994) concerning Rwanda [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1132 (1997) concerning Sierra Leone [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban and associated individuals and entities [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1373 (2001) concerning counter-terrorism [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1518 (2003) concerning Iraq [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1521 (2003) concerning Liberia [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1533 (2004) concerning Democratic Republic of Congo [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1572 (2004) concerning Côte d’Ivoire [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
SC resolution 1591 (2005) concerning Sudan [ A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Legislative Guide for the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto (2004)
[A] [C] [E] [F] [R] [S]
Compendium of United Nations standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice (2006)
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO): Technical instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air
International Maritime Organization (IMO): International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE): Recommendations on the transport of Dangerous Goods: Model Regulations
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