oa Arms Control : Africa - The UN Review Conference on small arms control : two steps backwards?



The much awaited small arms Review Conference (RevCon), held in New York in June / July last year, ended in a shameful lack of productivity and direction, failing to agree an outcome document after two weeks of wrangling and many months of preparation and anticipation. In the ramshackle final session several States announced initiatives, including the United Kingdom plan to lead on a resolution on the Arms Trade Treaty at the First Committee; Mexico and its declaration on regulating civilian access to guns; Canada's proposal to convene an informal meeting in Geneva in May / June 2007 to discuss transfer controls and assistance and cooperation; and Switzerland's plans to implement the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development (June 2006), supported by some 42 governments.


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