NEW YORK, U.S.A. — The 5th Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons came to close today with consensus agreement on an outcome document charting the way forward over the coming years.
The meeting, which had a special focus on stockpile management, underlined the extent to which ISACS have been embraced by States and regional organisations in the two years since their launch at the 2nd Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action.
In official working papers and conference statements, the governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, as well as the regional organizations CARICOM, the East African Community and the European Union, advocated for the wider application of ISACS in global efforts to prevent the illicit small arms trade.
In conference side-events organised by UNMAS, MSAG, GIS, UNODA, IANSA, UNIDIR and the OSCE, States and organisations frequently made reference to how they were using ISACS to support the strengthening of controls over the full life-cycle of small arms and light weapons — from manufacture and export/import, through physical security and stockpile management, to collection and destruction of illicit and unwanted arms.
The outcome document of BMS5, agreed by consensus by UN Member States, contains the following endorsement of standards and guidelines:
States also noted that stockpile management, including physical security measures, could benefit from the voluntary application, in accordance with their national legislation, of standards and guidelines that they consider relevant, as well as from the sharing of lessons learned and good practices relating to the stockpile management and physical security of small arms and light weapons [paragraph 12].
Moving forward, States agreed:
To share, as they consider relevant, at future meetings of the Programme of Action good practices as well as lessons learned on standards and guidelines related to stockpile management, including physical security measures, that they apply in accordance with their national legislation [paragraph 22].
FULL REPORT — BMS5 Outcome Document