Conventional arms continue to be the main weapons used in conflicts around the world, causing death and destruction, setting back socioeconomic development, and slowing progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. While open sources provide some information on the flows into conflict areas, it is only public reporting by States that can provide genuine trust and confidence-building.
The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA), which is intended to increase transparency in conventional arms transfers (and acquisition) and build confidence amongst states to strengthen international peace and security. However, this global transparency and confidence-building instrument is in a worrying condition. This event, jointly organized by UNIDIR and UNODA, will introduce some of the key recommendations provided by the 2022 Group of Government Experts appointed by the UN Secretary-General to ensure the continuing relevance of UNROCA and increase participation by Member States.
Ivor Fung (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs)
Muanpuii Saiawi (Chair of the 2022 Group of Government Experts on the Continuing Operation of the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms and its Further Development)
Sarah Grand Clement (UNIDIR)
Rachel Stohl (Stimson Center)
Carina Solmirano (video recording, ATT Monitor/Control Arms)
Chair: Paul Holtom (UNIDIR)
Tuesday 25 October 2022, 13.15 – 14.45 EST, Conference Room 12 / 1st basement floor of the GA Building, United Nations HQ, New York.
UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives from Permanent Missions in New York and Geneva, capitals, regional and international organizations, specialized NGOs, academics, and experts.
For all substantive and logistical queries please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Paul Holtom (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Matilde Vecchioni (email@example.com).
The in-person access to the event is open and does not require a formal registration.