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Luxembourg speaks at the United Nations Conference on the fight against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons

Published Monday August 27 2012

In his statement, Luxembourg's Deputy Permanent Representative, Olivier Maes, underlined that Luxembourg attaches great importance to multilateral efforts being made in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation at the national, regional and global levels. He expressed the wish that this Second Review Conference of the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UN PoA) should help strengthen the effectiveness and the efficiency of the Programme of Action, in order to better curb the proliferation of arms, to further improve stockpile management and to better take into account the humanitarian and socio-economic aspects of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, especially gender-based violence and the devastating impact of these weapons on children.

Luxembourg is not an arms producer. Since August 3rd, 2011, Luxembourg has a new law on arms and ammunition, transposing the EU directive on control of the acquisition and possession of weapons. The law regulates the management and control of weapons and ammunition and provides a more detailed definition of all elements related to the illicit trade and manufacturing of firearms and their parts. It also specifies the provisions for the marking of arms.

Link to the statement