Taking stock of action on the illicit small arms trade: UNODA training session on reporting on implementation of the PoA and ITI

  • measure progress and gaps in the PoA/ITI implementation;
  • build confidence among States through information sharing;
  • identify national priorities and assistance needs;
  • support reporting on progress made on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Target 16.4; and
  • reaffirm States’ commitment to the PoA process.
  • The relevance of national reporting;
  • Data collection and online submission of reports; and
  • Utilization of information — the matching of assistance needs with available resources.
  • National reporting enables data collection for SDG Target 16.4, focusing not only on Indicator 16.4.2 but also on another proposed indicator 16.4.3, which covers reduction of illicit arms flows in both conflict and crime settings and supports destruction of collected weapons as a relevant measure.
  • Incidents of diversion from national stockpiles and from international transfers are now reported, with a view to sharing lessons-learned and enhancing international cooperation.
  • Reporting of national needs and requests for international assistance are increasingly required for assistance opportunities, (e.g. pre-requisite for the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation — UNSCAR — funds) and will eventually ensure national ownership of relevant projects and activities.
  • Harmonization of reporting among relevant global and regional instruments will enhance synergies in their implementations and reduce administrative burdens of respective member countries.
  • Information newly included in national reports will facilitate discussions at the seventh Biennial Meeting of States on the PoA (BMS7), i.e. possible development of an ITI annexe and specific measures for gender-sensitive programming and implementation in small arms control activities.
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  • Challenges for African States are not always related to their capacities for reporting or internet connection, but often due to lack of information and notice provided to relevant national authorities to ensure that national reports are submitted on time.
  • It is important for States to provide contact details on current national points of contact (NPCs) to UNODA (to be updated through national reporting) and to also establish and ensure reliable communication channels with their own Permanent Missions in New York.
  • States should establish a procedure to ensure internal coordination (e.g. inter-ministerial information exchange) and to keep institutional memory and capacity to deal with personnel turnovers of NPCs and relevant national authorities.
  • States are encouraged to attach additional information to their reports, such as national action plans (NAPs), project proposals, national legislation, detailed explanations on answers, challenges and opportunities, and disaggregated data. These and other ‘Good practices from 2018 national reporting’ have been collated by UNODA for use by all States.




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