Press releases Sub-regional Workshop on the implementation of the International Tracing Instrument (ITI)

Read Time:2 Minute, 7 Second Workshop on the implementation of the International Tracing
Instrument (ITI) aimed at enhancing the capacity of States to carry out fast
and reliable identification and tracing of illicit small arms and light
weapons (SALW)

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), through its
Regional Centre for Peace and the Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), and with
the financial support of the European Union, organizes from 18 to 19 March
2014 a subregional workshop on the International Tracing Instrument (ITI) in

record-keeping and tracing programmes.

The workshop, organized for West African States, will bring together
government representatives and members of national commissions to combat the
proliferation and illicit trafficking of SALW, as well as experts and
delegates of ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations.

Within the framework of the implementation of the United Nations
International Tracing Instrument in Africa, the workshop aims to build the
capacity of States to utilize best practice standards for the implementation
of national weapons marking programs. In addition, it will serve as a forum
where participants will share their experience on SALW marking, tracing, and
records management. It is worth noting that several States in West Africa
already have ongoing national weapon marking programmes and this training
will also provide an opportunity for these States to share their good
practice and experiences with others in the subregion.

As part of this UN-EU Joint Assistance project, weapon-marking machines will
be provided to three West African Countries after the event and training on
the use of the machines will also be provided in March and April 2014.

Adopted in 2005 by the General Assembly, the International Tracing
Instrument was developed to support the United Nations Programme of Action
(PoA) on small arms and light weapons. Together, the PoA and the
International Tracing Instrument provide a global framework for addressing
the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

Under the International Tracing Instrument, States have committed themselves
to mark and keep records of small arms and light weapons under their
jurisdiction. States have also agreed under the Instrument to cooperate with
regard to the tracing of weapons.

By completing this workshop, it is expected that participating governments
will be better equipped to implement the International Tracing Instrument,
which is expected to be reflected in their national reports on the
implementation of the PoA.

For further informations, please contact:

The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa
(UNREC) Tel: (228)22 53 50 00; E-mail:  <>

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