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Civilian Guns

Number of Privately Owned Firearms

ChartThe estimated total number of guns (both licit and illicit) held by civilians in Belgium is

2015: 776,8661 2 3
2010: 888,533
2006: 2,000,0004 5 6 7
2005: 1,800,0008

Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession per 100 Population

ChartThe estimated rate of private gun ownership (both licit and illicit) per 100 people in Belgium is

2015: 6.869 10 3
2010: 8.18
2006: 18.989
2005: 17.28

Number of Privately Owned Firearms - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the number of privately owned guns in 178 countries, Belgium ranked at No. 3911

Rate of Privately Owned Firearms per 100 Population - World Ranking

In a 2007 comparison of the rate of private gun ownership in 178 countries, Belgium ranked at No. 348

Proportion of Households with Firearms

ChartIn Belgium, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2010: 5.1%12
2005: 11.4%13 12
1999/2003: 11.4%13 12
1992: 16.5%14
1992/94: 15.6%13 12
1989: 16.5%13 12

Proportion of Households with Rifles

In Belgium, the percentage of households with one or more rifles is reported to be

1992: 5.0%14

Proportion of Households with Shotguns

In Belgium, the percentage of households with one or more shotguns is reported to be

1992: 7.7%14

Proportion of Households with Handguns

ChartIn Belgium, the percentage of households with one or more handguns is reported to be

2005: 5.2%13
1999/2003: 4.3%
1992/94: 6.7%13 14
1989: 6.4%13

Number of Licensed Firearm Owners

ChartThe number of licensed gun owners in Belgium is reported to be

2010: 409,06215
2006: 393,704
1999: 458,16216

Rate of Licensed Firearm Owners per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of licensed firearm owners per 100 people in Belgium is

2010: 3.769
2006: 3.74
1999: 4.48

Number of Registered Firearms

ChartThe number of registered guns in Belgium is reported to be

2015: 647,38817
2010: 740,44418
2006: 787,85818 17
2005: 641,7815 8

Rate of Registered Firearms per 100 Population

ChartThe rate of registered guns per 100 people in Belgium is

2015: 5.729
2010: 6.81
2006: 7.48
2005: 6.13

Estimated Number of Illicit Firearms

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Belgium there are estimated to be

2015: 129,4781 19 3
2010: 148,089
2006: 630,000 to 1,100,0007

Estimated Rate of Illicit Firearms per 100 Population

ChartUnlawfully held guns cannot be counted, but in Belgium the rate of illicit firearms per 100 people is estimated to be

2015: 1.149
2010: 1.36
2006: 5.98

Government Guns

Number of Military Firearms

The defence forces of Belgium are reported to have 1,355,00020 firearms

Number of Law Enforcement Firearms

Police in Belgium are reported to have 23,87021 to 24,87422 firearms

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Belgium, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2013: 13823 24 25 26
2012: 20223 24 26
2011: 20323 24 25 26
2010: 19727 23 24 25 26 28
2009: 18927 23 24 25 26
2008: 231
2007: 210
2006: 25627 29
2005: 31527 23 24 25 26
2004: 30927 23 24 26
2003: 33027
1999: 33723 24 25 26
1998: 371
1997: 39023 24 25
1996: 370
1995: 37923 24 25 30
1994: 38723 24 25
1993: 392

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.249
2012: 1.83
2011: 1.85
2010: 1.819 28
2009: 1.759
2008: 2.16
2007: 1.98
2006: 2.439 29
2005: 3.019
2004: 2.97
2003: 3.18
1999: 3.29
1998: 3.63
1997: 3.82
1996: 3.63
1995: 3.73
1994: 3.82
1993: 3.89

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Belgium, annual homicides by any means total

2012: 18231
2011: 20631 32 33
2010: 11727 31 32
2009: 134
2008: 128
2007: 157
2006: 146
2005: 163
2004: 178
2003: 144
2002: 31931 32
2001: 282
2000: 212
1999: 17234
1998: 218
1997: 14534 32
1996: 118
1995: 142

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.631
2011: 1.931 32 33
2010: 1.089 31 32
2009: 1.24
2008: 1.20
2007: 1.48
2006: 1.39
2005: 1.56
2004: 1.71
2003: 1.39
2002: 3.131 32
2001: 2.7
2000: 2.1
1999: 1.689 32
1998: 2.13
1997: 1.42
1996: 1.16
1995: 1.432 35
1990: 1.4136

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Belgium, annual firearm homicides total

2013: 1623
2012: 25
2011: 34
2010: 3627 23 28
2009: 3327 23
2008: 29
2007: 35
2006: 31
2005: 46
2004: 5927 23 32
2003: 5327
1999: 7023
1998: 73
1997: 78
1996: 75
1995: 5923 32
1994: 7623
1993: 95

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1423
2012: 0.23
2011: 0.31
2010: 0.339 23 28
2009: 0.319 23
2008: 0.27
2007: 0.33
2006: 0.29
2005: 0.44
2004: 0.579 23 32
2003: 0.519
1999: 0.6823
1998: 0.72
1997: 0.77
1996: 0.74
1995: 0.5823 32
1994: 0.7523
1993: 0.94
1990: 0.6037

Proportion of Homicides Committed With a Gun

ChartIn Belgium, the percentage of homicides committed with a firearm is reported to be

2011: 10%33
2004: 39.5%32
1995: 37.3%

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Belgium, annual handgun homicides total

2013: 323
2012: 1
2011: 1
2009: 2
2005: 2
2004: 2
1999: 6
1998: 11

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0323
2012: 0.01
2011: 0.01
2009: 0.02
2005: 0.02
2004: 0.02
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.11

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Belgium, annual long gun homicides total

2013: 123
2012: 2
2011: 2
2010: 2
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 1
2005: 3
2004: 4
1999: 6
1998: 6

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0123
2012: 0.02
2011: 0.02
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2005: 0.03
2004: 0.04
1999: 0.06
1998: 0.06

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Belgium, annual gun homicides (other) total

2013: 1223
2012: 22
2011: 31
2010: 34
2009: 30
2008: 28
2007: 34
2006: 31
2005: 41
2004: 53
1999: 58
1998: 56

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of gun homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1123
2012: 0.20
2011: 0.28
2010: 0.31
2009: 0.28
2008: 0.26
2007: 0.32
2006: 0.29
2005: 0.39
2004: 0.51
1999: 0.57
1998: 0.55

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Belgium, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 2,01127
2009: 2,013
2008: 2,000
2007: 1,856
2006: 1,934
2005: 2,02838 27
2004: 1,986
2003: 2,09127
1999: 2,00538
1998: 2,022
1995: 2,15530

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 18.519
2009: 18.68
2008: 18.70
2007: 17.49
2006: 18.36
2005: 19.37
2004: 19.07
2003: 20.17
1999: 19.59
1998: 19.79
1995: 20.8930
1990: 19.0439

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Belgium, annual firearm suicides total

2013: 11524
2012: 159
2011: 161
2010: 14427 24 28
2009: 15327 24
2008: 189
2007: 165
2006: 207
2005: 240
2004: 234
2003: 26127
1999: 24524
1998: 280
1997: 310
1996: 288
1995: 289
1994: 307
1993: 293

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 1.0324
2012: 1.43
2011: 1.46
2010: 1.339 24 28
2009: 1.429 24
2008: 1.77
2007: 1.56
2006: 1.96
2005: 2.29
2004: 2.25
2003: 2.529
1999: 2.4024
1998: 2.74
1997: 3.05
1996: 2.84
1995: 2.85
1994: 3.03
1993: 2.91
1990: 2.5640

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Belgium, annual handgun suicides total

2013: 1524
2012: 16
2011: 8
2010: 4
2009: 13
2008: 9
2007: 9
2006: 13
2005: 13
2004: 18
1999: 45
1998: 25

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1324
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.07
2010: 0.04
2009: 0.12
2008: 0.08
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.12
2005: 0.12
2004: 0.17
1999: 0.44
1998: 0.25

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Belgium, the number of long gun suicides is

2013: 1124
2012: 16
2011: 27
2010: 15
2009: 15
2008: 21
2007: 27
2006: 26
2005: 35
2004: 31
1999: 35
1998: 49

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.1024
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.25
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.14
2008: 0.20
2007: 0.25
2006: 0.25
2005: 0.33
2004: 0.30
1999: 0.34
1998: 0.48

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Belgium, annual gun suicides (other) total

2013: 8924
2012: 127
2011: 126
2010: 125
2009: 125
2008: 159
2007: 129
2006: 168
2005: 192
2004: 185
1999: 165
1998: 206

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.8024
2012: 1.14
2011: 1.15
2010: 1.15
2009: 1.16
2008: 1.48
2007: 1.21
2006: 1.59
2005: 1.83
2004: 1.78
1999: 1.61
1998: 2.02

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Belgium, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2013: 125
2011: 3
2010: 225 28
2009: 125
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 7
1999: 5
1998: 2
1997: 2
1996: 7
1995: 2
1994: 4
1993: 4

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0125
2011: 0.03
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.07
1999: 0.05
1998: 0.02
1997: 0.02
1996: 0.07
1995: 0.02
1994: 0.04
1993: 0.04
1990: 0.0641

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Belgium, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2011: 225
1999: 2

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2011: 0.0225
1999: 0.02

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Belgium, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2013: 125
2011: 1
2010: 2
2009: 1
2008: 1
2007: 1
2006: 1
2005: 7
1999: 3
1998: 2

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0125
2011: 0.01
2010: 0.02
2009: 0.01
2008: 0.01
2007: 0.01
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.07
1999: 0.03
1998: 0.02

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Belgium, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 626
2012: 18
2011: 5
2010: 1526 28
2009: 226
2008: 12
2007: 9
2006: 17
2005: 22
2004: 16
1999: 17
1998: 16
1995: 2930

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0526
2012: 0.16
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.2
2008: 0.11
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.16
2005: 0.21
2004: 0.15
1999: 0.17
1998: 0.16
1995: 0.2830
1990: 0.2642
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Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Belgium, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2008: 126
2006: 1
2005: 1
1999: 1

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2008: 0.0126
2006: 0.01
2005: 0.01
1999: 0.01

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Belgium, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2012: 226
2008: 1
2006: 2
1999: 2

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.0226
2008: 0.09
2006: 0.02
1999: 0.02

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Belgium, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2013: 626
2012: 16
2011: 5
2010: 15
2009: 2
2008: 10
2007: 9
2006: 14
2005: 21
2004: 16
1999: 14
1998: 16

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Belgium, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2013: 0.0526
2012: 0.14
2011: 0.05
2010: 0.14
2009: 0.02
2008: 0.09
2007: 0.08
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.20
2004: 0.15
1999: 0.14
1998: 0.16

ProductionGun Industry

Regulation of Firearm Makers

In Belgium, the manufacture of small arms, ammunition and/or their components is permitted only if the maker holds a valid licence16 43

Small Arms Manufacture - World Ranking

In a classification of the world's small, medium and major firearm manufacturers, Belgium was ranked 'medium'44

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Firearm Exports

In Belgium, firearm and ammunition exports are limited by transfer control law45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52

Small Arms Exports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition exports from Belgium is reported by Customs to be US$73,464,90653 (2011)54 55 56 57 58

Small Arms Exports - World Ranking

In a comparison of the world's major/mid-level/minor/unknown small arms exporters, Belgium was categorized as 'major'59 60 61 62 58 63

Firearm Imports

In Belgium, firearm and ammunition imports are limited by transfer control law46 47 43 48 49 50 51

Small Arms Imports (US$) - Customs

The annual value of small arms and ammunition imports to Belgium is reported by Customs to be US$49,436,95853 (2011)64 65 66 67

Smuggling Guns and Ammunition

Reports suggest that the level of firearm and ammunition smuggling in Belgium is moderate68 69 70 71 72

Regulation of Arms Brokers

In Belgium, the activities of arms brokers and transfer intermediaries are specifically regulated by law73 74 75 76

End User Certificates

Customs regulations in Belgium include77 certification of the intended end user of any small arms or ammunition transfer, and/or a written declaration of its intended end use

Transparency of Small Arms Transfers

ChartIn its annual Small Arms Trade Transparency Barometer, the Small Arms Survey compares public reporting among major arms exporting nations on a scale from strong to weak (25 to zero). In recent years, Belgium scored

2016: 16.7578
2014: 16.0079
2013: 16.0080
2012: 17.0081
2011: 17.7582
2010: 14.7583
2009: 14.5084
2008: 14.2585
2007: 14.5086
2006: 14.0087
2005: 9.0088
2004: 10.2589

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Belgium is categorised as restrictive90

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Belgium includes the Act regulating economic and individual activities related to firearms (also referred to as the 'Firearms Act') of June 8, 2006,43 91 the Royal Decree of May 2013,92 the Council Directive of 18 June 1991 on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons as amended by Directive 2008/51/EC,93 94 95 the European Union Firearms Regulation of 2012, the Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering of 200396 and the Convention of 1 July 1969 on Reciprocal Recognition of Proofmarks on Small Arms97

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Belgium are regulated by the Federal Service for Weapons,98 the National Police16 and the European Commission94

Right to Possess Firearms

In Belgium, the right to private gun ownership is not guaranteed by law99 100

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Belgium, civilians are not allowed to possess military weapons, automatic firearms, and their ammunition, concealable firearms, silencers, laser sights, and high capacity cartridges101 102 103

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Belgium, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited101 102 103 33

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Belgium, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted only with special authorisation104 105 103

Regulation of Handguns

In Belgium, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted only with special authorisation102 104 105 103 33

Law Regulates Long Guns

In Belgium, civilian possession of rifles and shotguns is regulated by law33

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Belgium, only licensed gun owners106 107 108 109 110 102 104 33 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Genuine Reason Required for Firearm Possession

Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Belgium are required to establish a genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example hunting, target shooting, collection, personal protection, security111 107 112 113

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Belgium is 18 years114 107 113

Gun Owner Background Checks

An applicant for a firearm licence in Belgium must pass a background check which considers criminal and various other107 112 113 33 records

Reference Required for Firearm Licence

In Belgium, third party character references for each gun licence applicant are not required16

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Belgium does not stipulate16 that a gun licence should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Belgium, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required107 16 for a firearm licence

Gun Owner Licensing Period

In Belgium, gun owners must re-apply and re-qualify for their firearm licence every three years for permits to carry weapons. General licences for firearm possession are issued for an undetermined period.115 112

Limit on Number of Guns

Licensed firearm owners in Belgium are permitted to possess 1 firearm per authorisation107

Limit on Quantity, Type of Ammunition

Licensed firearm owners in Belgium are permitted to possess a limited quantity of ammunition116 117

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Belgium, the law requires118 119 43 120 121 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Belgium, licensed firearm dealers are required122 43 123 121 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Manufacturer Record Keeping

In Belgium, licensed gun makers are required124 122 43 123 to keep a record of each firearm produced, for inspection by a regulating authority

State-Owned Firearm Records

In Belgium, State agencies are required125 118 126 120 to maintain records of the storage and movement of all firearms and ammunition under their control

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Belgium, the private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited114

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Belgium, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful73 114 108 109 127 105

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Belgium is reported to be

2014: 534128
2006: 600

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Belgium, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are regulated114 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Belgium include116 129 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private firearms and ammunition by licensed gun owners

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Belgium include129 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Government

Government regulations in Belgium include129 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by state entities

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Belgium include130 16 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Belgium, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law in some cases131 132 123 133 95 134

Firearm Tracing

In Belgium, state authorities carry out123 135 43 134 121 recognised arms tracing and tracking procedures

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Belgium, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not136 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Law Regulates Firearms in Public

In Belgium, carrying a gun in a public place is regulated by law33

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Belgium, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit16

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Belgium, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm137 is five years in prison and/or a fine of 25,000 Euros138 139

Collection, Amnesty and Destruction Programmes

Authorities in Belgium are known to have140 implemented voluntary firearm surrender schemes, and/or weapon seizure programmes in order to reduce the number of illicit firearms in circulation

Surrendered in Gun Amnesty

ChartIn Belgium, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered in recent arms amnesty and collection programmes is reported to be

2008: 56,572141
2007: 79,892
2006: 61,999

Firearms Surrendered and Seized

ChartIn Belgium, the number of firearms voluntarily surrendered, bought back or seized by authorities is reported to be

2008: 56,572141
2007: 79,892
2006: 200,000142 141

Small Arms Destroyed

ChartIn Belgium, the number of firearms destroyed following amnesty, collection and seizure programmes is reported to be

2006: 200,000142 140
2006/16: 125,00017

Destruction and Disposal Policy

In Belgium, it is state policy143 to destroy surplus, collected and seized firearms rather than return them to the secondary arms market

MeasuresInternational Controls

Regional Agreements

European Union

As a member of the European Union, Belgium is bound by the provisions of the ‘EU Firearms Directive’ – the 2007 Legislative Resolution on Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Weapons of the European Parliament144 145

European Union Export Reporting

Under the European Union Common Position on Arms Exports, Belgium is bound to declare its transfers of military technology and equipment. Independent monitoring provides detailed comparisons of arms export reporting compliance across EU member states, and records that Belgium has submitted one or more national reports146 on its arms transfers

Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development, was signed in 2011147 by Belgium.

United Nations Arms Trade Treaty

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty has been signed and ratified148 by Belgium

United Nations Firearms Protocol

The United Nations Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition has been signed and ratified149 by Belgium

United Nations Small Arms Programme of Action UNPoA

UNPoA Commitment

On 21 July 2001, Belgium committed to a consensus decision of the United Nations to adopt, support and implement the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects150

UNPoA Implementation Monitor Score

In its UN small arms Programme of Action Implementation Monitor (PoAIM Phase 1), the Small Arms Survey scored Belgium against its commitments to the PoA, then ranked it at No. 72151 152 153 154 among 159 Member States

UNPoA National Reporting

Under the terms of its 2001 commitment to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action, Belgium has submitted one or more national reports155 156 on its implementation of the UNPoA

UNPoA National Point of Contact

In Belgium, a National Point of Contact to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated157 156

UNPoA National Coordinating Body

In Belgium, a National Coordinating Body to deal with issues relating to the UNPoA has been designated157

UNPoA Civil Society Involvement and Support

In National Reports of Belgium submitted to the UN from 2001 to 2010, a history of substantive cooperation with civil society in support of UNPoA activities was apparent156

UNPoA International Assistance – Donor

Funds for UNPoA implementation have been donated156 by Belgium to other UN Member States

United Nations Small Arms Register

According to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms, Belgium has declared158 its small arms exports in one or more annual National Reports on Arms Exports.

United Nations Membership

In the UN List of Member States, Belgium has been a Member State of the United Nations since 1945159

Wassenaar Arrangement

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls and Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies lists160 Belgium as a Participating State

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