UNSC adopts Resolution in stemming misuse of small arms

Date: May 24, 2015

UNSC Weapons

Resolution in stemming misuse of small arms 

The United Nation Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution calling for stronger cooperation among member nations in stemming the illicit transfer and misuse of small arms and light weapons. UNSC resolution comes in wake of underlining suffering caused by small arms and light weapons to civilians. The resolution was passed nine votes favour of it and none against it, while six were abstentions.

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The Objective of this resolution is to prevent  illicit transfers and sales of weapons and ammunition, including small arms and light weapons, to armed groups and criminal networks that target civilians. The resolution identifies a wide range of areas for international cooperation which can bolster the recognition it. It includes importance of well-targeted and monitored sanctions regimes, effective reintegration and demobilisation programmes, appropriate UN peacekeeping mandates and security sector reform. The resolution also advocates establishment or strengthening of subregional and regional mechanisms to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit transfer and misuse of small arms and small arms.