Preparing for the UN SALW Meeting in NY


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TIZReporter
June 25, 2006, 07:59 PM
from http://www.theinfozone.net/salw-news.html (Posted with links)

June 25, 2006
Preparing for the UN SALW Meeting
The United Nations meeting this week in New York on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) comes after a long period of preparation. Last January, at the Prepcom Meetings, countries and NGOs outlined their plans for these meetings. The Overview of the January meeting outlined several of the ideas which will come forward in this meeting.

"Thirty statements, including those by the African Group, the League of Arab States and the European Union (EU), noted that much progress is still to be made, and greater implementation efforts will require resolve, coordination, and consolidating various mechanisms. China spelled this out very clearly when it stated that “we should also be aware that there is still a long way to go in the implementation of the PoA.” Numerous statements suggested specific ways forward for multilateral action on small arms control. Notably, no statement recommended that the PoA be concluded at the RevCon. Indonesia noted “we have to be realistic and recognize that four years is not sufficient to implement the PoA in all its aspects.”

The participants at the Prepcom meeting seem determined this process must continue.

"Canada, for example, stated that “the practice of meeting on a biennial basis except during a review year is simply inadequate, as it clearly does not afford the small arms and light weapons issue the time and attention that it warrants.” See also cluster VI for further statements on this issue and references to the Working Papers (WP)circulated by the Netherlands and Canada on this theme." It certainly appears Canada, which elected a Conservative last January is continuing to act as Professor Mauser saw at Canada's UN Committee Meeting. (Read SALW1)

Canada also suggests, "The global burden of disease from violence and injuries (including homicide and suicide) is estimated to be 9% of global mortality and a leading cause of disability. Even for those nations with extensive health care and social support systems, the physical and psychological burdens of gun violence are high.

"Small arms control debates and efforts have to date poorly addressed this aspect of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects. The forthcoming Review Conference provides an opportunity to consider the issue and identify policy responses for States, civil society and international organisations to adopt."

TIZ

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grizz
June 25, 2006, 08:03 PM
F-canada.

F the UN.

and while i'm at it, F-France.

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