oa Arms Control : Africa - The UN programme of action on Small Arms : engaging civil society



The UN Conference on Small Arms, held in July 2002, was a first step in the right direction towards furthering controls on small arms and the momentum gained should be maintained. The greatest challenge now is the interpretation of the resulting UN programme of action on small arms. Many of its provisions are vague, which may allow loopholes to circumvent implementation. The Programme of Action does, however, give a clear role for civil society organisations to work in support of efforts to control the proliferation and misuse of small arms.


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