Regional initiatives and the UN 2001 Conference: Biting the Bullet - Briefing 2

This briefing in the Biting the Bullet series looks at building mutual support and complementarity, and reviews some of the current regional efforts on small arms and light weapons.

It identifies common approaches that have been used in different regions to counter the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. These include law enforcement and crime control; supplier restraint and transparency; national legislation and regulation of arms; and arms reduction and control.

The briefing analyses initiatives using these approaches that are moving forward in West Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, the European Union, and the development of cooperation between EU Member States and other countries and regional organisations, including Cambodia and the Southern African Development Community.