oa Focus on Arms in Africa - The United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Africa : progress and opportunities

Volume 3, Issue 1
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The Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in All Its Aspects (PoA) has important implications for the African continent. It resulted from the July 2001 United Nations Conference on SALW. The spread of small arms has stalled development in Africa, due to the rise in criminal violence, the collapse of health and education services, the wide displacement of people, and declining economic activity. The PoA presents an important step towards improving international cooperation and assistance on the small arms problem.

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