Legal Instruments

UNODA, through the work of relevant Secretariats or Implementation Support Units supports multilateral treaties, including the Anti-Personnel Landmine Convention (APLC), the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), and the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). UNODA also follows the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and Firearms Protocol processes closely.

  • The Anti-Personnel Landmines Convention, which is usually referred to as the Ottawa Convention or the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Treaty, bans antipersonnel landmines.  For more information click here.
  • The Convention on Cluster Munitions prohibits all use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. For more information click here.
  • The Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons bans or restricts the use of specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering to combatants or to affect civilians indiscriminately.  For more information click here.
  • The Arms Trade Treaty regulates international trade in conventional arms and aims to prevent and eradicate illicit trade and diversion of conventional arms. For more information click here.

  • The Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, their Parts and Components and Ammunition (Firearms Protocol) is the only legally binding instrument to counter the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition at the global level. It supplements the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. For more information click here.

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