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22-Nov-2021 00:02:21
Small arms trafficking is a “defining factor in undermining peace and security”, the Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) told the Security Council during a ministerial debate. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 22 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

22 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Robin Geiss, Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR):
“The diversion and trafficking in arms, including small arms and light weapons and ammunition, is a defining factor in undermining peace and security. Throughout the lifecycle of arms and ammunition, from production through to finally use or destruction, there are contexts conditions and moments that facilitate the diversion and trafficking to non-state armed groups, criminals and terrorist actors. The use of these weapons by these entities and individuals, destabilizes communities and exacerbates situations of insecurity, including accompanying serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, as well as violence against women and children in various contexts.”
4. Wide shot, Council
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) María Pía Devoto, Member of the Control Arms Governance Board:
“The devastating impact of the illicit traffic and unproper use of small arms by state and non-state actors, are felt more intensely among communities in conflict- affected regions where those arms perpetuate a vicious cycle of violence and insecurity, they feed violations of human rights and international humanitarian law, intracommunal tensions, gender-based violence, and forced displacement.”
6. Wide shot, Council
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico:
“We must do more to decrease the diversion and traffic of small arms and their negative consequences, particularly in countries that have to deal with high levels of criminal violence. In Mexico we believe that governments and the private sector must work together in order to stop arms trafficking and their harmful effect on the population.”
8. Wide shot, Council
9. Wide shot, Ebrard Casaubon at the podium
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico:
“We estimate that in Latin America some 75 or 80 percent of homicides and femicides are committed with weapons that are the product of illicit trade, and the companies that manufacture these weapons have been negligent in that trade.”
10. Wide shot Ebrard Casaubon walks out
STORYLINE
Small arms trafficking is a “defining factor in undermining peace and security”, the Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) told the Security Council today (22 Nov) during a ministerial debate.

Robin Geiss said that that diversion and trafficking of arms “destabilizes communities and exacerbates situations of insecurity, including by committing serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law, as well as violence against women and children in various contexts.”

While direct effects include deaths, injuries, displacement, and psychological harm, there are also long-term socio-economic consequences, such as access to health and education, the delivery of humanitarian services, and the protection of civilians.

Between 2015 and 2020 the UNIDIR supported 11 States in conducting assessments on weapons and ammunition management, known as WAM.

Council Members also heard from María Pía Devoto, who represented Argentina’s Coalición Armas Bajo Control – a coalition of 150 civil society organizations created to implement the Arms Trade Treaty.

She upheld that the “devastating impact” of this problem “is felt most acutely among communities in conflict-affected regions, where these weapons perpetuate a vicious cycle of violence and insecurity.”

Devoto also said that mandatory Security Council arms embargoes are being undermined by violations carried out by non-State actors and even UN members.

The Council met under the chairmanship of Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard as one of the signature events of Mexico’s November presidency. 

Ebrard said, “we must do more to decrease the diversion and traffic of small arms and their negative consequences, particularly in countries that have to deal with high levels of criminal violence.”

He told the Council that “in Mexico we believe that governments and the private sector must work together in order to stop arms trafficking and their harmful effect on the population.”

Outside the Council, before the meeting, Ebrard told reporters that in Latin America “some 75 or 80 percent of homicides and femicides are committed with weapons that are the product of illicit trade, and the companies that manufacture these weapons have been negligent in that trade.”
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