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Because it is important?

Arms management is a process of vital importance for all states, as it addresses the collection, documentation, control and disposal of small arms, ammunition, explosives and light and heavy weapons in the hands of combatants, and often also in the hands of the civil population. If this process is not carried out properly, the arms trade will continue to be one of the most lucrative markets in the world, allowing networks of criminal groups to arm themselves without any control. That is why the United Nations General Assembly, after a study initiated in 1998 and through resolution 43/75 I, entitled "International Arms Transfer", approved the report and established a universal and non-discriminatory Registry of Conventional Arms. at UN headquarters, as provided in resolution 46/36 L of December 15, 1992.

The Inter-American Convention against the Manufacture and Trafficking of Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Materials (CIFTA), adopted in November 1997, as a binding agreement, ratified by 31 of the 34 member states, is a significant step towards the control of weapons and ammunition in member countries.

What do we do?

The Inter-American Defense Board (IADB), through the Arms Management Section, provides technical and advisory advice regarding the management, security and destruction of weapons arsenals. In addition, it has the responsibility of monitoring operations to destroy weapons arsenals that are carried out in the Hemisphere. The IADB also carries out activities aimed at promoting transparency in the acquisition of weapons by Member Countries and carries out follow-up activities on issues of Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and Reduction of Arms and Ammunition.

How do we do it?

Through regional integration mechanisms for arms management, based on the UN Arms Acquisition Treaty (TAA), including:

  1. The Inter-American Convention on Transparency in the Acquisition of Conventional Weapons (CITAAC).
  2. The Inter-American Convention on the Illicit Manufacturing and Trafficking of Arms, Ammunition and Others (CITAAC).
  3. The Inter-American Commission for the Control of Drug Abuse (CICAD).

Who do we do it with?

We mainly collaborate with the Organization of American States (OAS), through CITAAC, CITAAC and CICAD.

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