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Switzerland. 2005 ‘National Coordination Agency.’ National Report of Switzerland on its Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 2. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations. 1 April

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National Coordination Agency

Five of the seven Swiss ministries (federal departments) are concerned in one way or another with the subject: the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports (DDPS); the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and notably its Federal Office for Police Matters; the Federal Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) and in particular its State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Seco); and finally the Federal Department ofFinance (FDF), and above all its Federal Customs Administration.

As well as the federal authorities, the 26 cantons also have considerable responsibilities in the area of SALW: particularly when it comes to criminal proceedings in the context of the law on weapons, the granting of permits for the purchase of arms, and of licences for the sale of arms. Switzerland's police forces also come under the responsibility of the cantons. The Confederation has no internal security forces at the national level.

At the federal level, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (Political Affairs Division IV [PD IV]) and in particular its Peace Policy Section, is responsible for coordination. The Division organises regular interdepartmental coordination meetings addressing current issues pertaining to Swiss policy on SALW. And it coordinates Switzerland's policy in this area at the international level.

International projects relating to SALW are above all organised and financed by the DFA (Peace Policy Section, International Security Policy Centre) and the DDPS.

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