Small Arms and the Global Summit

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 05-5

Ernie Regehr

Five years ago the Millennium summit urged states to take concerted action to end illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons, especially by making arms transfers more transparent and supporting regional disarmament measures, taking account of all the recommendations of the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.

The latest draft outcome document of the forthcoming global summit (UN 2005) is particularly weak in its attention to small arms and light weapons (SALW). While including a welcome statement of concern, in the context of transnational crime, about the impact of small arms on development, peace and security, and human rights (para 91), the document is silent on the kinds of basic principles that should be articulated and affirmed in a summit declaration.

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