International action on small arms 2005: Examining implementation of the UN Programme of Action
This report provides a comprehensive review of progress towards implementing the important commitments contained in the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects.
It has been four years since the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) was agreed in July 2001. This agreement stands as the central global agreement on preventing, combating and reducing illicit trafficking, proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW) – an urgent global problem that contributes to thousands of deaths each week and to human suffering and insecurity across much of the world.
This report, part of our Biting the Bullet series, draws on data gathered for over 180 countries and analyses relevant local, national, regional and international processes. It aims to provide a relatively comprehensive, analytical and reliable overview; illustrate implementation experiences across each of the regions; identify emerging strengths and weaknesses; and assess overall performance in implementing the PoA.
It is a contribution to international debates, and to discussions at the 2005 Biennial Meeting of States and preparations for the 2006 UN Review Conference.