PrepCom: Assistance and cooperation in the field of small arms and light weapons

Last updated: 3/20/2012 // This statement on assistance and cooperation in the field of small arms and light weapons was delivered by Minister Counsellor Knut Langeland on the 20th of March at the UN Program of Action, Preparatory Commission. Norway attaches great importance on promoting international cooperation and assistance in the field of small arms and light weapons.

Norway attaches great importance on promoting international cooperation and assistance in the field of small arms and light weapons. In 2011 Norway allocated approximately NOK 24 millions (nearly USD 4,5 millions) various small arms related projects around the world, as well support to civil society such as Small Arms Survey, IANSA and NISAT. An overview of Norwegian funded projects can be found at the UNODA web-page.

Projects supported by Norway are either directly linked up to PoA implementation or we support projects, which will contribute to reach objectives set by the PoA, such as regional and sub regional initiatives. It should be recalled that after the adoption of the PoA, Norway contributed substantially to an UNDP project on facilitating member states reporting to the UN Secretariat.

Activities in the field of armed violence and development related to the Geneva Declaration and the Oslo Commitments are also highly relevant in relation to achieve the objectives set by the PoA.

Within other instruments, and not least with the ATT negotiations, Norway has highlighted the issue of victim assistance. It should be borne in mind that a prime motivation behind the PoA is human security. By fully implementing the PoA and not least –address some of its short comings – we may prevent future armed aggressions. Yet, it is a sad fact that armed violence leads every day to thousands of new victims, and survivors need assistance to rebuild their lives. This humanitarian imperative must guide us as we move forward.

My delegation agrees that the question on cooperation and assistance should be a topic to explore further in the follow-up process to the review Conference, either as a separate topic or as a cross-cutting issue. My delegation also agrees with South Africa that cooperation and assistance should not only be seen as North-South matter, and that we also must promote enhanced South-South cooperation.


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