UN Documents for Small Arms: Security Council Presidential Statements

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25 April 2012 S/PRST/2012/16 This statement expressed concern that illicit cross-border trafficking and movement contributes to challenges and threats on its agenda.
19 March 2010 S/PRST/2010/6 This statement was adopted at the conclusion of the thematic debate on small arms and light weapons and the Central African region.
10 July 2009 S/PRST/2009/20 This was on peace consolidation in West Africa, included language supporting regional efforts to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.
19 November 2008 S/PRST/2008/43 This statement reaffirmed that disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control are necessary to strengthen international peace and security.
6 November 2007 S/PRST/2007/42 This was a presidential statement on the role of regional and sub-regional organizations in the maintenance of international peace and security. It noted, in particular, the potential role of regional organisations in addressing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons and the need to take into account in the peacekeeping operations' mandates the regional instruments enabling States to identify and trace illegal small arms and light weapons.
29 June 2007 S/PRST/2007/24 This presidential statement noted with concern that the accumulation and illicit manufacture, trade and circulation of small arms contributed to the prolongation and increase in intensity of armed conflicts and undermined the sustainability of peace; reaffirmed the right to individual or collective self-defence; and requested a Secretary-General’s report on a biennial basis starting in 2008.
9 August 2006 S/PRST/2006/38 This presidential statement welcomed the decision of ECOWAS to transform the Moratorium on Import, Export and Manufacture of Light Weapons into a binding Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and Other Related Materials.
17 February 2005 S/PRST/2005/7 This presidential statement called on arms-exporting countries to exercise the highest degree of responsibility in the trade in small arms and requested an update from the Secretary-General on the implementation of the twelve recommendations contained in his 2002 report, "Small Arms."
19 January 2004 S/PRST/2004/1 This statement was on small arms. It called on UN member states to effectively implement arms embargoes and welcomed General Assembly resolution 58/241 which called for the Secretary-General to establish an open-ended working group to negotiate an international instrument to identify and trace illicit small arms and light weapons.
31 October 2002 S/PRST/2002/30 This was a statement on small arms. It expressed grave concern at the harmful impact of small arms on civilians in situations of armed conflict, took note with appreciation of the Secretary-General's report of September 2002, which outlined twelve recommendations for further action, and encouraged all UN member states to continue efforts towards fully implementing at the national, regional and international levels the recommendations contained in the PoA.
31 October 2002 S/PRST/2002/31 This statement was on strengthening cooperation between the UN and the Central African region and recognised the role that regional organisations can play in preventing the illicit traffic of small arms, underscoring the importance of regional agreements to prevent the flow of arms into conflict areas.
4 September 2001 S/PRST/2001/21 This was a statement on small arms. It requested the Secretary-General to submit a report by September 2002 containing specific recommendations on ways and means in which the Council could contribute to dealing with the question of illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.
23 March 2000 S/PRST/2000/10 This was a presidential statement on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration. The Council recognised that action to curb the illegal flow of small arms into areas of conflict can contribute to the success of DDR.
24 September 1999 S/PRST/1999/28 This was a statement on small arms. It recognised the availability of small arms as a factor contributing to the intensity and duration of armed conflicts and in undermining peace agreements, and called for effective implementation of arms embargoes imposed by the Council.
8 July 1999 S/PRST/1999/21 This was a presidential statement on post-conflict peacebuilding in which the Council recognised the direct impact of small arms on conflicts and their role in destabilisation of post-conflict situations.