UN launches new guidance on SALW National Action Plans


A recent workshop organized by UNRCPD and the Government of Myanmar had a special focus on designing a National Action Plan to control small arms and light weapons.

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NEW YORK, 22 APRIL 2016 — The United Nations internal mechanism for coordinating action on small arms (CASA) today launched new guidance to assist States in designing and implementing a National Action Plan to prevent the illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which are used to kill more people every year than any other kind of weapon.

This is the latest in a series of voluntary guidelines issued by the United Nations within the framework of its International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) initiative.  It brings to 14 the number of international standards developed by the UN on the subject of controlling small arms and light weapons, based on international agreements reached by States.  

A National Action Plan on small arms and light weapons control can address armed violence and related insecurity in a range of contexts, including those involving inadequate controls over State-held weapons, armed criminality, urban gangs, inter-ethnic conflict and post-conflict instability.  It can encompass a range of responses to such challenges, which may include arms control initiatives that seek to address the supply of small arms and light weapons, as well as broader socio-economic development initiatives that seek to address the demand for such weapons.  A National Action Plan can equally provide strategic direction for preventive action in countries that are not currently suffering the effects of the illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and/or misuse of small arms and light weapons, but that are vulnerable in this regard due to geographic, economic, political or other factors.

DOWNLOAD THE NEW GUIDANCE — ISACS 04.10: Designing and implementing a National Action Plan