“It is every state’s full responsibility to safeguard properly the weapons needed for its national defence and law enforcement. A large number of States have adopted good practices and are applying recognized standards on this issue. Unfortunately, as you know, many states – due to capacity and capability constraints – have not.
"Strengthening states capacities for safe and secure weapons stockpiling will contribute to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Authoritative guidance such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines are available to assist all states in improving their stockpile security.”
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