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Serbia & Montenegro. 2005 ‘Cooperation with Civil and Non-Governmental Sectors.’ National Report of Serbia and Montenegro 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. 7. New York, NY: Permanent Mission of Serbia & Montenegro to the United Nations. 1 January

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Cooperation with Civil and Non-Governmental Sectors

In this respect efforts have been made to ensure wider implementation of government policies on prevention of illicit trafficking in, and possession of, small arms and light weapons, as well as participation of all stakeholders in education and training campaigns on small arms and light weapons. In this context, cooperation with the civil sector, in particular with NGOs, is expected to improve.

Organisations like the Balkan Youth Union are actively addressing this problem and take part in all activities, aimed at exchanging information, raising general public awareness of destruction projects and at improving the knowledge of young people about these types of weapons.

Of particular importance were the media and other surveys during 2004 and at the beginning of 2005, sponsored by the UNDP Office in Belgrade for the needs of the project of strengthening SALW control. The surveys in the Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia were made by British and Serbian/Montenegrin NGOs Saferworld and Strategic and Marketing. Because of the use of the method of statistical sample and public opinion polls and because of assessments and conclusions made thereon by the nongovernmental sector, the global picture of the situation in Serbia and Montenegro has shifted somewhat towards the "problem states" pole and includes certain assertions that are not validly grounded. This all the more so as they cannot serve as a basis for the elaboration of an integral national strategy.

[SALW = Small arms and light weapons]

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