Australia to highlight threat of small arms during Security Council presidency

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Mr. Gary Quinlan, Permanent Representative of Australia and President of the Security Council for the month of September. [UN Photo/JC McIlwaine]

Australia will highlight the issue of small arms during its presidency of the Security Council, according to the country's representative to the United Nations.

Ambassador Gary Quinlan on Wednesday outlined  the programme of work for the Security Council during Australia’s presidency of the Council  in September.

He told reporters that the Security Council front loaded a lot of its programme to the earlier parts of the month before the General Assembly starts  its annual session in the third week of September.

"The centrepiece of our presidency will be a debate that we are bringing to the Council, a high level debate hopefully at head of government level, certainly foreign minister level on the afternoon of 26 September on small arms and the role that small arms and light weapons have in fostering security threats around the world and instability. The issue of small arms has been discussed over the last decade in the Council a number of times." (29")

Ambassador Quinlan said small arms have an impact on the Security Council's peacekeeping missions.

He said the issues include the ability to operate, the demobilization and reintegration in conflict situations, reforms of security sectors and gender implications in terms of the role of women in peace-building.

Dianne Penn, United Nations

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