United Nations Security Council
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Sören Wehrheim

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A: Regulation of Small Arms to Prevent Domestic Misuse

The United Nations considers illicit trade of small arms and light weapons a major boost to organised crime and terrorist groups around the World. We strongly urge all countries to comply with their obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty (2014), Security Council resolution 2117 (2013), arms embargos contained in other Security Council resolutions, as well as all other international treaties pertaining arms trade. The United Kingdom also welcomes efforts by the General Assembly, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and UN agencies to support member countries in their efforts to control arms trade on a national level. As the phrasing of the topic implies that this agenda item is supposed to be about the prevention domestic misuse, which covers domestic arms trade that does not affect neighbouring countries and does not benefit multinational groups, the United Kingdom requests the council to not consider the agenda item. National arms trade issues should on...

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