The Nairobi Declaration on the Problem of the Proliferation of Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa, 2000

Sectors : Small and Light Weapons
Organisation : EAC (East African Community)
Date made: 

Commitments in: Peace and security - Small and Light Weapons

“...decide to:

i) Rededicate ourselves to continue our efforts towards the peaceful resolution of the conflicts in the region and towards this end, call for the genuine and serious commitment of all parties concerned, as well as the international community;

ii) Seize this opportunity to comprehensively address the problem of the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons in the sub-region;

iii) Join efforts to address the problem, recognising the need for information-sharing and co-operation in all matters relating to illicit small arms and light weapons including the promotion of research and data collection in the region and encouraging co-operation among governments and civil society;

iv) Encourage a concrete and co-ordinated agenda for action for the sub-region to promote human security and ensure that all states have in place adequate laws, regulations and administrative procedures to exercise effective control over the possession and transfer of small arms and light weapons through measures, inter alia, to:-

• Pursue positive policies and measures to create social, economic and political environments to reduce the resort to arms by individuals and communities;

• Urge the strengthening and where they do not exist, the adoption of national laws, regulations and control mechanisms to govern civilian possession of arms;

• Call on states to co-ordinate and publicise their policies, regulations and laws relating to the possession of arms by civilians;

• Urge source countries to ensure that all manufacturers, traders, brokers, financiers and transporters of small arms and light weapons are regulated through licensing;

• Urge also the States in the sub-region to monitor and effectively control all transactions relating to small arms and light weapons to licensed entities;

• Call on states to strengthen sub-regional co-operation among police, intelligence, customs and border control officials in combating the illicit circulation and trafficking in small arms and light weapons and suppressing criminal activities relating to the use of these weapons;

• Call upon states to strengthen or establish national mechanisms to deal with the problem of illicit small arms, as well as to implement the Nairobi Declaration and invite them to hold regular meetings in this regard...”

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