Reviewing action on small arms 2006: Assessing the first five years of the UN Programme of Action

This report in the Biting the Bullet series aims to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date review and analysis of progress towards implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects (PoA) and of the consequent issues and priorities for the 2006 Review Conference.

The UN Programme of Action was agreed in July 2001. As the key international agreement on the illicit trade in, and misuse of, small arms and light weapons (SALW), it is a vital instrument for addressing the urgent problems relating to SALW which underlie thousands of deaths each week, hinder development, undermine human rights and restrict good government across the world.

Building on the findings of the 2003 and 2005 Red Books, this report outlines and assesses progress towards implementation of the PoA, and analyses relevant local national, regional and international processes.