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UNODA. 2010 ‘United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa adopts Convention on Small Arms Control.’ UNODA Update; Second Quarter, 2010. New York, NY: United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. 3 July

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United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa adopts Convention on Small Arms Control

The thirtieth Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, from 26 to 30 April) reviewed the provisions of a draft legal instrument on small arms control in Central Africa. This draft legal instrument was elaborated by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), pursuant to the "Sao Tome Initiative", adopted by Central African States at the twenty-fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Advisory Committee in May 2007…

After four days of intense negotiations on the basis of the draft legal instrument drafted by UNREC, the Member States of the Committee adopted the Convention.

The "Central Africa Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly", known as the "Kinshasa Convention," fills a void represented by the fact that Central Africa was one of the few African sub-regions not to have its own a legal instrument for the control of small arms…

The Kinshasa Convention will be signed during the thirty-first meeting of the Committee in November 2010…

The Standing Advisory Committee, whose objective is to promote peace and security in Central Africa through confidence-building measures, notably in the fields of disarmament and arms control, was established by the Secretary-General on 28 May 1992, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 46/37 B of 6 December 1991. The Committee is composed of the following eleven Member States: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda, and Sao Tome and Principe.

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