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Australia. 2010 ‘Small Arms Light Weapons and other Related Programmes - Regional Activities.’ National Report of Australia 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). New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations. 1 January

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The Australian Government also funded a workshop in New York in January 2009, hosted jointly with the Government of Uruguay. The workshop reviewed lessons learnt on implementing protection of civilians within UN peacekeeping operations.

As part of Australia's support for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), AusAID provided funding to Oxfam International to support the participation and input of Pacific Island Governments and civil society organisations in the ATT debate at the Asia-Pacific Regional ATT Conference held in Japan in February 2009.

At the 2007 and 2008 Pacific Island Forum Regional Security Committee meetings, Australia encouraged Pacific countries to adopt relevant initiatives such as the UN Programme of Action.

Australia is currently working with UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) to host a Pacific regional meeting on implementation of the PoA in 2009. This meeting would aim to follow up on BMS3, identify Pacific regional priorities and plan PoA implementation, as well as develop regional assistance plans and prepare for the Fourth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS4) in 2010, and the PoA Review Conference in 2012.

In 2009, Australia will provide funding to the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) to support the development of internationally accepted and validated International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). These standards should provide comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers on small arms control, and will support the continuing implementation of the PoA. The standards will be developed over four years, for delivery in 2012…

UNIDIR's research in the Pacific identified the need for increased harmonisation between assistance and cooperation within the broader security and disarmament fields. Given Australia's emphasis on a practical approach to aid effectiveness, AusAID will provide further support to UNIDIR in 2009 to undertake a comparative analysis of all existing SALW instruments and responses, with the aim of consolidating reporting and implementation of the regional and international instruments on SALW.

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