From 27 August-7 September 2012, UN Member States will gather in New York for the second Review Conference (RevCon) of the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA). Following years of advocacy and effort by IANSA women around the world, we are beginning to see some tangible results in the UN small arms process. IANSA Women will continue to build on these successes at the review conference.

Chair’s summary of elements for discussion at the Review Conference

After the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) in March, the Chair’s summary of elements for discussion at the Review Conference can support our work through the inclusion of the following text:

6. States underlined the continuing negative impact of the illicit small arms trade on civilians, including women, children and the elderly. They emphasised the need to integrate a gender perspective into relevant aspects of Programme of Action implementation.

8. Member States mentioned, inter alia, the following as suggested themes for the Second Review Conference:
(i) Increasing the participation of women in small arms policy making;

The Chair’s summary provides us with a good starting point for our participation in the 2012 Review Conference.

Download the Guidelines for gender mainstreaming for the effective implementation of the UN PoA

For more information about our presence and participation, please see:

Women and Gender at the PoA PrepCom: 19-23 March 2012
http://www.iansa-women.org/node/785

Mainstreaming gender in the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA)
http://www.iansa-women.org/node/784

IANSA women at the Preparatory Committee - UN Programme of Action on small arms
http://www.iansa-women.org/node/779

Policy Papers
PoA_RevCon_Policy_Brief_August_2012_En (483881 bytes)
PoA_RevCon_Policy_Brief_August_2012_Es (434542 bytes)
PoA_RevCon_Policy_Brief_August_2012_Fr (311201 bytes)