Wednesday, 08 June 2016

BMS6 in New York

From 6 to 10 June 2016 BICC together with partners such as the German Federal Foreign Office and RECSA (Regional Centre on Small Arms in the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and Bordering States) presented its work on different aspects of SALW control during some side events of the BMS6.

The sculpture Non-Violence by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN headquarters at New York City. Photo: ZhengZhou - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

One of the key issues of the BMS6 (Sixth 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) was the consideration of 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 (PoA) at the national level, the regional level—including through regional and sub-regional arrangements and organizations—and the global level, and in the light of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Meeting of States also discussed the implementation of the International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (ITI), including recent developments in small arms and light weapons technology and their implications for the ITI. Last but not least, it considered international co-operation and assistance for the full and effective implementation of the PoA and the ITI including capacity-building.

Side events with contributions by BICC

\         On 9 June, Mission of Germany in cooperation with UNIDIR, BICC and Conflict Armament Research (CAR) will organize the event “Actionable Tools to Support the Implementation of Small Arms Control Measures”. Lars Wirkus, BICC, gave the presentation “Interactive Guide on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Global Holdings Mapping” (Location: Conference Room C, United Nations Headquarters, New York, 13:15–14:45 hrs).

\         On 10 June, the Mission of Rwanda and the Mission of the Netherlands in co-operation with RECSA, African Development Bank and BICC conducted the event “SALW Proliferation and Sustainable Development: Assessing the Contribution of SALW Proliferation on Fragility, Poaching and Cattle Rustling in the African Great Lakes Region”. Nikhil Acharya, BICC, presented on his Policy Brief  No linkhandler TypoScript configuration found for key tx_bicctools_publications.. (Location: Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, New York, 12:00 – 14:00 hrs).

\         On 11 June, BICC organized the event “Meeting of the Coordination Platform for the AU–Germany Project on Enhanced SALW Control and Physical Security and Stockpile Management in the Greater Sahel” on behalf of the German Federal Foreign Office and in conjunction with the African Union. During the meeting, the African Union presented a number of proposals aimed at improving joint action on small arms control in the Greater Sahel region (Location: Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations, New York).