Tuesday, 11 April 2023 05:15

International system crucial to countering threat of weapons diversion, Security Council hears

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Weapons seized from suspected members of the Islamic insurgent group Al Shabaab are put on show in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Implementing the many global tools aimed at controlling the trade and transfer of weapons – ranging from tracing instruments, to export rules, to safe storage guidelines and beyond – is crucial to prevent arms from falling into the wrong hands, the UN’s senior disarmament official told the Security Council on Monday.

“Emanating from any arms transfer is the inherent risk of diversion of the equipment to unauthorized end users,” said Izumi Nakamitsu, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Addressing the Council during the first open meeting of Russia’s month-long presidency – and during which many delegates referenced the ongoing conflict in Ukraine – she emphasized that measures to counter weapons diversion contribute significantly to global peace and security, especially conflict prevention.

NOW: #UNSC open debate on Maintenance of int’l peace &security: Risks stemming from violations of agreements regulating export of weapons & military equip- Remarks by @UN_Disarmament High Rep @INakamitsu