From 27 August - 7 September 2012, member states of the United Nations will meet at UN headquarters in New York for the Second Review Conference (RevCon) on the Programme of Action (PoA) on small arms. The purpose of the meeting is to review the progress made on the implementation of the PoA over the last 11 years.

To prepare for the PoA RevCon States will meet for a week at the UN in New York from 19-23 March at the UN PoA Preparatory Committee (PoA PrepCom). It is widely anticipated that Ambassador Joy Ogwu of Nigeria will Chair the meeting. This will be confirmed when the Chair is formally elected at during the PoA PrepCom.

The PoA Prepcom has the potential to set the agenda for the RevCon which will set the agenda for the next 5 years of the UN small arms process. This presents the opportunity to make real progress against the global problem of small arms proliferation and misuse by reaffirming commitment to cooperative and effective action in partnership with civil society.

IANSA, as designated coordinator of civil society in the UN small arms process, is calling for the PoA to be strengthened and improved, defining a clear and practical way forward to ensure the PoA is an effective tool to prevent gun violence, whilst mindful that matters related to implementation and achievements are also important.

For the PoA Prepcom, the IANSA Women's Network has developed a policy brief on 'Mainstreaming gender in the UN PoA' which is based on the 'Guidelines for gender mainstreaming for effective implementation of the PoA' (A/CONF.192/2006/RC/CRP.3) by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs/Regional Disarmament Branch and IANSA.

The provisional agenda for the PoA PrepCom includes:

  • A general exchange of views between member states, covering:
  • Preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects at the national, regional and global level
  • Implementation, international cooperation and assistance
  • The International Tracing Implement (2005)
  • A general exchange of views by participants other than states, including NGO presentations
  • Adoption of the Provisional agenda for the RevCon
  • Adoption of the Provisional rules of procedure for the RevCon
  • Adoption of the report of the PrepCom

Click here to read daily summaries on progress made throughout the week, reports on side-events, and to view more information on the March PoA PrepCom.

Policy Papers
Mainstreaming gender in the UN PoA (226782 bytes)