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An Australia's resolution to strengthen international action to combat the illicit trade and misuse of small arms and light weapons has been accepted by the United Nations Security Council.
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The resolution was adopted during a Security Council meeting, chaired by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Julie Bishop. Australia is the Council President for September.
It includes provisions to strengthen implementation of Security Council arms embargoes, better secure and manage arms stockpiles, focus the role of peacekeeping missions to combat small arms threats, and improve the UN's ability and capacity to tackle these challenges.
The resolution builds on the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty in April this year by an overwhelming majority of the United Nations General Assembly.
It also reflects Australia's longstanding advocacy of disarmament and arms control issues, as well as its experience in, and support for, peacekeeping and peace-building efforts.
In proposing the resolution, Ms Bishop reiterated the Government's commitment to addressing the illicit trade and misuse of small arms and weapons in the Asia Pacific region.
"Australia has worked with our regional neighbours and the UN system to build States' capacities to collect and destroy weapons, improve weapons stockpile management and train police and armed forces in weapons management, including in Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands." Ms Bishop said.
"Illicit arms and weapons fuel conflict around the world, including in the vast majority of country situations and regions on the Council's agenda. These arms and weapons are linked to terrorism, piracy and transnational organised crime.”
She said arms and weapons were an impediment to peace-building efforts everywhere, and posed threats to civilians, peacekeepers, aid workers and civil society organisations who are rebuilding broken societies."
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