June 5, 2000


(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the Annual Report of the Permanent Council (AG/doc.3848/00) and, in particular, the section referring to the Report of the Chair of the Committee on Hemispheric Security (CP/CSH-307/00) as it relates to small arms and light weapons and to the holding of the special meeting of the Committee on March 7, 2000;

RECALLING its resolution AG/RES. 1642 (XXIX-O/99), "Proliferation of and Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms and Light Weapons," through which it acknowledged "the need for a coordinated and comprehensive approach at the global, regional and national levels to combat the destabilizing accumulation and proliferation of small arms and light weapons in order to contribute to regional and international peace and security;"

RECOGNIZING:

That the groundbreaking work of the Organization of American States (OAS) has already had a major impact on international efforts to eradicate the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms;

That the Inter-American Convention against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) is the model used by the international community in developing appropriate instruments to combat the illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, including small arms and light weapons; and

That the first regular meeting of the Consultative Committee of the CIFTA was held on March 9 and 10, 2000;

EMPHASIZING the importance of the signature and ratification of the CIFTA by those member states that have not yet done so;

RECOGNIZING FURTHER that the OAS should promote measures aimed at the control and

reduction of small arms and light weapons, with special emphasis on the issues of their excessive and destabilizing accumulation and of transfers thereof; and

BEARING IN MIND the global efforts under way under the auspices of the United Nations, in particular the Millennium Report of the United Nations Secretary-General; the "weapons for goods" program successfully implemented in Panama and El Salvador; and the convening, in 2001, of the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects,

RESOLVES:

1. To request the Permanent Council, through its Committee on Hemispheric Security, to study the feasibility of developing a declaration on all aspects of the excessive and destabilizing accumulation and the transfer of small arms and light weapons, in the context of the work being carried out by the United Nations in relation to the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.

2. To instruct the Permanent Council, should it see fit, to issue such a declaration through the Committee, for adoption by the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session.

3. To request the Secretary General to transmit this resolution to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

4. To request the Permanent Council to report on the implementation of this resolution to the General Assembly at its thirty-first regular session.