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AG/RES. 1796 (XXXI-O/01): Support for the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects


June 5, 2001

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(Resolution adopted at the third plenary session, held on June 5, 2001)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the Annual Report of the Permanent Council (AG/doc.3970/01), in particular the section referring to the Report of the Chair of the Committee on Hemispheric Security as it relates to small arms and light weapons and to the holding of the special meeting of the Committee on January 22, 2001;

REITERATING the primacy of its support for the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) as the principal vehicle in the Hemisphere and the model to the international community for combating the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, including small arms and light weapons;

NOTING WITH SATISFACTION the contribution of the Brasilia Declaration, which resulted from the Regional Preparatory Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean States for the 2001 United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, held in Brasilia from November 22 to 24, 2000;

NOTING FURTHER the contribution of the Seminar on the OAS and the 2001 United Nations (UN) Conference: Tackling the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, held in Ottawa, Canada on May 23 and 24, 2001;

WELCOMING the convening of the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, in New York from July 9 to 20, 2001;

RECOGNIZING the valuable contribution of hemispheric support to efforts at the international level to address this issue under way at the UN in preparation for the 2001 Conference on Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects; and

RECOGNIZING ALSO the decision taken during the second regular meeting of the Consultative Committee established in the framework of the above-mentioned Inter-American Convention (May 17 and 18, 2001) to follow the progress of the work for the said UN Conference through the Secretariat pro tempore,

RESOLVES:
1. To request the Permanent Council to continue following, through its Committee on Hemispheric Security, developments in the work being carried out by the United Nations (UN) in relation to the Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, to be held in New York from July 9 to 20, 2001.
2. To encourage member states to participate actively in the said UN Conference.
3. To urge member states to consider implementing, as soon as possible and as appropriate, national and regional elements of the 2001 Program of Action which will result from the said UN Conference.
4. To request the Permanent Council to hold, at the level of the Committee on Hemispheric Security, an annual meeting on small arms and light weapons, which would include in its agenda a review regarding the status of implementation of national and regional elements of the said 2001 Program of Action.
5. To request the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the UN Secretary-General and to the President of the said UN Conference.
6. To request the Permanent Council to report on the implementation of this resolution to the General Assembly at its thirty-second regular session.



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