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At UN review meeting, Ban urges sustained efforts to tackle illegal small arms trade

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged sustained efforts to tackle the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons, which kill more than half a million people each year, with a particularly heavy toll on civilians.

Saint Lucia and Dominica call attention at UN to their vulnerability to weather disasters

The small island States of Saint Lucia and Dominica today at the United Nations urged the world to pay greater attention to their vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly hurricanes, so they can improve their response mechanisms and recovery efforts.

Ban applauds progress on control of small arms trade, but sees challenges ahead

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that states have made considerable progress in combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, but cautioned that many challenges still remain.

UN workshop on tracing small arms opens in Brazil

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs opened a workshop today in Rio de Janeiro to help governments trace illicit small arms and light weapons.

Small arms and light weapons in Central Africa lead talks at UN meeting

An initiative to control the trade of small arms and light weapons in Central Africa and a planned code of conduct for the region’s armed and security forces are expected to top the agenda at a United Nations-sponsored security meeting taking place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, this week.

UN group on illicit arms offers recommendations on national laws

A United Nations group of experts dealing with illicit arms brokering has produced a series of recommendations for combating the trade through legislation.

Secretary-General ‘disappointed’ by lack of agreement at conference on illicit arms trade

While noting that a United Nations conference that closed Friday put an international spotlight on the illicit trade in small arms that fuel conflict, Secretary General Kofi Annan today expressed disappointment that delegates were unable to agree on a common declaration that would guide further action.

UN conference draws attention to illicit trade in arms, but closes without a text

The United Nations conference on progress in stemming the illicit trade in small arms that fuel conflict and crime ended today without adopting a common position paper – as differences between delegations on follow-up actions remained unresolved – but it succeeded in drawing world attention to the issue, its chairman said.

Proliferation of illicit small arms leads to culture of violence and impunity – Annan

Describing the world as being “awash with small arms,” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said today that every year an estimated $1 billion worth of these weapons are traded illicitly worldwide, exacerbating conflict, sparking refugee flows, undermining the rule of law and spawning a “culture of violence and impunity.”

Annan receives arms petition by one-millionth signer, vows to transmit call onward

The Million Faces Petition, which organizers billed as the world’s largest appeal for tougher global controls on the arms trade, was presented to Secretary-General Kofi Annan today in New York by a consortium of international groups as well as the one millionth petitioner – a survivor of gun violence from Kenya.