The Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) is the region's main tool to address the issue of the illicit proliferation and trafficking of firearms from a coordinated and transnational perspective.

CIFTA is a binding multilateral agreement to promote the establishment of controls and regulations on the illicit manufacturing and trafficking of firearms. Adopted in 1997, it is the first regional tool of this nature and it was ratified by 31 of the 34 OAS member states.


Results CIFTA



Conference of the States Parties

The Conference of the States Parties is the highest organ of the Convention and brings together the highest authorities of the countries, who examine the operation and application of the Convention.


The Consultative Committee is comprised by the national entities of the States Parties. It meets annually to exchange information, promote regional cooperation, and analyze the progress made in the implementation of the Convention and the current Course of Action.


The Technical Secretariat of the CIFTA is exercised by the General Secretariat of the OAS, through:

As Technical Secretariat, the departments implement ... See more operational programs to support the States Parties in complying with CIFTA obligations and provide assistance to the Pro-Tempore Secretariat and the Presidency of the Conference of States party to organize the meetings of the CIFTA.

pro Tempore

The Secretariat pro Tempore is exercised by a State Party, elected annually by the other countries, responsible for organizing and chairing meetings of the Consultative Committee. Currently, it is occupied by Mexico.

Bandera Mexico


Actividaes CIFTA

Activities of the Secretariat pro Tempore

  • Convene and organize the annual meetings of the Consultative Committee.

Activities of the Technical Secretariat

  • Support the Pro-Tempore Secretariat in the organization of the meetings
  • Strengthen the capacities of the States Parties to comply with CIFTA obligations, particularly with regard to:
    • Marking and tracing
    • Licensing systems for export, import and transit
    • Stockpile management and destruction of arsenals;
    • Adaptation of the national legislations to the normative framework of CIFTA
    • Investigation of crimes connected to illicit proliferation of and trafficking in firearms.


  • Conferencias
  • Comité Consultivo



  • Guía de Marcaje y Mantenimiento de Información
  • Manual de Procedimientos para Resguardar Reservas de Armas
  • Metodología para preparar la Legislación Modelo