A UN meet recognized the adverse effects of illicit arms trade in exacerbating terrorism

India has pushed for increased national measures to regulate the illegal trade in small arms and light weapons (SALW). It has also called for the creation of a framework for more efficient tracing of illicit SALW as a way to boost the implementation of these instruments.

India presented its stand at the 8th biennial meeting of states on the execution of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and the International Tracing Instrument for Illicit SALW held in New York from June 27 to July 1.

The meeting adopted an outcome document aimed at strengthening the implementation of the Programme of Action as well as the International Tracing Instrument against illicit trafficking of SALW, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday.

During the meeting, India emphasized the importance of full and effective implementation of the UN Programme of Action and the International Tracing Instrument, particularly their significance in dealing with the threat of terrorism as an important global challenge.

According to the MEA, India urged strengthening the implementation of these instruments, including through improved national efforts in controlling illicit trade in SALW, and developing a mechanism for tracing of illicit SALW, to make it more effective.

India also underlined the importance of international cooperation and assistance, particularly support to developing countries in the implementation of these instruments and a fellowship programme for them, the MEA added.

The outcome document of the Eighth Biennial Meeting recognized the adverse effects of illicit arms trade in exacerbating terrorism and emphasized the role of these UN instruments in addressing the threat posed by terrorism. It also affirmed the resolve of States to enforce and apply adequate national controls to the entire lifecycle of SALW. States also agreed to strengthen tracing measures for illicit small arms and explore means for enhancing international cooperation in tracing them with the involvement of the UN.

The meeting considered implications of recent technological developments in the field of SALW, illicit trafficking concerns and ways to address their aggravating effects on the instruments, the MEA said.

Towards the fourth review conference in 2024, the outcome document agreed on a comprehensive analysis of trends, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of these two UN instruments and consider recommendations on their effective implementation.