Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: The way forward for tackling the illicit small arms trade

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Discussions on new dynamics and approaches to consider at the multilateral and national levels for tackling the illicit small arms trade should unfold in parallel as new challenges emerge. This blog post gives an overview of the main points raised during the high-level panel in the eleventh session of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’.

Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: Implications for the International Tracing Instrument of marking and tracing polymer and modular weapons

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'The International Tracing Instrument (ITI) was adopted in 2005 and outlines requirements for tracing illicit small arms and light weapons in a timely and reliable manner. Since the time of its adoption, however, some new methods in design and manufacture of small arms and light weapons have emerged that pose new challenges in terms of marking and tracing.

Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: UNODA training session on reporting on implementation of the PoA and ITI

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'In the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) and International Tracing Instrument (ITI) framework, States agreed to submit biennial national reports on their implementation efforts to the United Nations. National reporting is the single most effective mechanism to:

Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: The role of regional organizations

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Regional organizations and their member states have developed and promoted small arms control instruments, best practice guides, and mechanisms to enable assistance and cooperation to prevent, detect, and address the illicit proliferation of small arms. The sixth panel of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’ provided a space for practitioners working in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Europe to share their knowledge...'

Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: Measures to address the diversion of small arms

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Conventional arms and ammunition are at risk of diversion throughout their life cycle. Identifying and putting in place effective measures to prevent, detect, and respond to diversion is a priority for the small arms community. The second panel of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’ focused on the issue of diversion, a key theme for this year’s sixth conference of states parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT CSP6) and next year’s seventh biennial meeting of the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA BMS7).

Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: As the PoA approaches 20, what have we learned?

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Next year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (PoA). The opening panel of the Small Arms Survey 2020 online forum ‘Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade’ therefore reflected on the impact of this landmark document on action to address illicit small arms proliferation during the past two decades. This blog post provides a short snapshot of the opening panel discussions on the PoA achievements thus far...'

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try, can you get what you need (to address the illicit small arms trade)?

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'In July 2001, United Nations (UN) member states adopted by consensus the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). It is a UN instrument that outlines measures to be taken to regulate small arms throughout their life cycle in order to prevent their diversion to the illicit small arms trade, and improve the detection of illicit small arms and subsequently remove them from circulation.

Small Arms Survey Podcast #2: Regional Organizations & the UN PoA: Setting the scene for cooperation

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2021

In this episode, the Small Arms Survey’s Managing Director, Eric Berman, talks about the handbook on Regional Organizations and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA), a valuable guide to the regional actors and institutions involved in tackling the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

Implementing the Programme of Action and International Tracing Instrument: An Assessment of National Reports, 2012–17

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 10 December, 2020

In preparation for the Third Review Conference (RevCon3) to review progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA) and the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), the Small Arms Survey released Implementing the Programme of Action and International Tracing Instrument: An Assessment of National Reports, 2012–17, a study presenting a comprehensive analysis of national rep