The United Nations Third Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (BMS3) will take place in New York 14 to 18 July 2008.
The BMS3 will focus on four main issues: brokering, stockpile management, surplus destruction and the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), and aims at providing a collective outcome document which may also suggest recommendations to the General Assembly on the UN process on SALW.
Improving Security and Development
The Government of Norway holds the view that combating and eradicating illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects is fundamental to improve global, regional and national security as well as necessary social and economic development in many countries.
Norway is a strong supporter of international efforts to achieve this goal, and cooperates with governments as well as Non Governmental Organizations based on the Programme of Action (PoA) within multilateral, regional and bilateral frameworks.
International Tracing Instrument
The UN has recognized that tracing of illicit small arms and light weapons is a key element to the national, international and regional efforts to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in such arms. Norway strongly supported the establishment of the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) adopted by the UN two years ago.
The ITI committed Member States to undertake measures to ensure the adequate marking of and record keeping for small arms and light weapons and to strengthen the cooperation in tracing such illicit weapons. The Biennial Meeting is mandated to consider the implementation of the Tracing Instrument. The question of marking and tracing is of prime importance to strengthening the combat against the illicit spread of small arms and light weapons.
Member States was to submit national reports on the implementation of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) as well as the International Tracing Instrument and information on combating illicit brokering.
These reports are an important instrument for analyzing trends in implementing the PoA. There is a need to standardize the reports to make them more effective, which would also make the work easier for Member States and the UN Secretariat.