International Gun Control Pushed by the UN

The task of United Nations International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) has completed their Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. Succinctly put, the aim was to end the illicit trade and misuse of light and small arms. The initiative was a week long. It took place one month prior to Third Review Conference on a special UNB Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.

Group aims

The goals of the group can be publicly seen on their website. They want to push the governments to have more control of ammunition as this is the component which makes any firearm lethal. Governments must make concrete commitments to increase the participation of women when it comes to controlling the proliferation of small arms. Greater support towards gun violence survivors must be given. Corruption, which helps the illegal small arms trade and exchange of ammunition, must be cracked down. Legislation must be strengthened or enacted to disarm the domestic violence abusers.

According to the group, the action week also helps people to raise the profile of any intimate partner violence. Owners must be made aware of having guns inside their residences. People should be given the chance to network with the young people concerned about the specter of gun violence. Their voices must be amplified. Awareness must be raised about the support needed by gun violence survivors. The civil society should be brought together to reach a common goal. Awareness must also be raised about Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 16.4, which considerably predicted the flows of illegal weapons and finances. Other important goals include the SDG 5.2, which eliminates all kinds of violence against girls and women.

Government participation

This program has its tasks cut out. Participatory governments have consented to improve the small arms laws in the national sphere. The import and export controls will also be improved along with stockpile management. All governments must engage in assistance and cooperation. The countries, in 2005, adopted International Tracing Instrument (ITI). This required all manufacturing countries to properly mark their weapons. Records must also be kept. It also offers a cooperation framework in the tracing of weapons. This fulfills one of many commitments the governments made in Programme of  Action. The improvement of weapons tracing is at present a part of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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