AG/RES. 1888 (XXXII-O/02)
PROLIFERATION OF AND ILLICIT TRAFFICKING IN SMALL ARMS AND LIGHT WEAPONS
(Adopted at the fourth plenary session held on June 4, 2002)
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
RECALLING the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and other Related Materials (CIFTA);
EMPHASIZING the importance of the ratification of or accession to this Convention by the member states as soon as possible;
TAKING NOTE of AG/RES. 1744 (XXX-O/00), AG/RES. 1642 (XXIX-O/99), AG/RES. 1796 (XXXI-O/01), AG/RES. 1797 (XXXI-O/01) and the April 26, 2002, Special Meeting of the Permanent Council Committee on Hemispheric Security on this issue;
WELCOMING the results of the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects in July 2001;
REAFFIRMING member states’ commitment to respect the United Nations Security Council arms embargoes through the adoption, as may be necessary, of appropriate national norms;
ENCOURAGED by the technical and financial assistance available for destruction of surplus, and illegal weapons seized as a result of interdicting illicit trafficking;
CONVINCED of the need to continue and to intensify multilateral cooperation as an important contribution to addressing the problems associated with the proliferation of and the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons;
ALSO WELCOMING the completion of an international protocol to combat the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition, in the framework of the United Nations Transnational Crime Convention on Transnational Organized Crime; and
ACKNOWLEDGING the importance of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission’s (CICAD) work and training programs to develop member states capacity to address the proliferation of and the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons,
1. To encourage member states, as a complementary action to the ratification and implementation of the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA), to implement the United Nations Program of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN Program of Action).
2. To request that the Permanent Council hold, at the level of the Committee on Hemispheric Security, an annual meeting on small arms and light weapons, which would review the status of implementation of national, regional, and global elements of the UN Program of Action.
3. To encourage member states to report to the United Nations on its implementation of national, regional, and global elements of the UN Program of Action.
4. To call on member states to provide to the General Secretariat, by July 15 of each year, a report on the implementation of national, regional and global elements of the UN Program of Action.
5. To request that the Secretary General, in accordance with the UN Program of Action, designate a point of contact to act as liaison on matters relating to the implementation of the said Program of Action.
6. To request the Permanent Council to examine ways of arriving at a common understanding among member states on dealing with the issue of small arms brokering within the Hemisphere, and to this end, to consider undertaking a study on the issue, and if possible, with the assistance of CICAD.
7. To continue to encourage member states to adopt such measures concerning arms brokering and transit as may be necessary to combat the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons.
8. To request that CICAD continue its training programs in order to contribute to the capabilities of member states to implement CIFTA and the UN Program of Action[, in coordination with the Consultative Committee of CIFTA and the United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC)].
9. To request that CICAD continue to provide assistance to member states on those matters within its purview, in order to facilitate compliance with the above-mentioned Inter-American Convention and the UN Program of Action.
10. To request the Permanent Council to make arrangements for a seminar on identification, collection, stockpile management, and destruction of small arms and light weapons.
11. To encourage those states in a position to do so, to destroy small arms and light weapons which they have seized as a result of interdicting illicit trafficking and to destroy small arms and light weapons which they hold under their control in excess of their legitimate needs, and take all necessary measures to secure the stockpiles and weapons under their control and necessary to their defense.
12. To encourage member states that have not done so to consider signing or ratifying the United Nations Protocol Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition.
13. To instruct the Permanent Council to carry out the activities mentioned in this resolution within funds allocated in the program-budget and other resources.
14. To request that the Secretary General transmit this resolution to the United Nations Secretary-General.
15. To request that the Permanent Council report on the implementation of this resolution to the General Assembly at its thirty-third regular session.