Strengthening CARICOM Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons

Kenneth Epps

The purpose of this background paper is to highlight the Caribbean Communities (CARICOM) commitment to the UN Programme of Action (PoA). Since all CARICOM member states are members of the Organization of American States (OAS), the paper also discusses the small arms control obligations arising from OAS instruments and describes how these instruments reinforce and advance the regional PoA. As this paper will show, the challenge to CARICOM is to extend implementation so that its regional interests are advanced within the global program to reduce and eliminate the illicit small arms scourge.

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