EAPC Workshop on Combating Illicit Brokering in Small Arms and Light Weapons, 1-2 July

  • Press Release (2009) 090
  • Issued on 30 Jun. 2009
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  • Last updated: 17 Jul. 2009 09:51

Illicit brokering in small arms and light weapons (SALW) to unlawful or illegitimate actors continues to contribute to conflicts, organised crime or other activities. International efforts to combat this problem are strengthening; for example, at the Third United Nations Biennial Meeting of States on SALW in 2008, the subject of illicit brokering was one of four key themes singled out for special consideration by states. A way forward was articulated in the final outcome document of the meeting that emphasised, inter alia, the importance of further development of national legislative and administrative processes that deal with regulating brokering activities in SALW.

It is in this context that the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) will hold the Workshop on Combating Illicit Brokering in SALW on 1-2 July, 2009, at NATO Headquarters.

The aims of the Workshop are to provide a forum for exchanging information on achievements relevant to implementation of the UN Programme of Action concerning SALW brokering activities, best practices and recommendations for further achievements; to highlight the current international situation on arms brokering in SALW and elucidate the challenges it poses to international security; to identify types of legislation and administrative procedures that require increased attention in combating illicit brokering activities and explore the ways in which these types of legislation and procedures may be better enforced; to update EAPC members on measures whereby states may deepen the extent of international cooperation between them and; to encourage states to proactively engage in combating the illicit brokering in SALW.

An array of international organizations (IOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will support this workshop with experts who will provide detailed presentations on the problem of illicit brokering and possible ways forward in overcoming such a challenging issue. Each morning and afternoon, there will be a panel discussion to permit participants to exchange their views on how prospective developments to mitigate the threat of illicit brokering in SALW could be further enhanced.

The event will be attended by representatives of the member states of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Istanbul Cooperation Countries (ICI), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), Contact Countries, Iraqand Afghanistan.

For further information, please contact Mr. Kent JAMISON tel: 0032 707 4968, e-mail: jamison.kent@hq.nato.int or Miss. Erin DE GLANVILLE tel: 0032 2707 7002, e-mail: deglanville.erin@hq.nato.int or via facsimile: 0032 02 707 4140.