As a member of IANSA, Vision GRAM-International has joined the campaign to to advocate collectively for an end to illicit trade and misuse of small arms and light weapons.
According to International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), the theme for this year’s campaign is: “End the Crisis of Gun Violence”.
Taking place one month before the Third Review Conference (RevCon3) on the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA), this year’s Week of Action will be an opportunity for urge governments to exert greater control over ammunition--the component that makes guns lethal; to Make concrete commitments to increasing women's participation in small arms control; to provide greater support for survivors of gun violence, to crack down on corruption that facilitates the illicit trade in small arms and ammunition and to enact or strengthen legislation to disarm domestic violence abusers.
" Today marks the start of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence! We are pleased to share a message from Izumi Nakamitsu, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, in support of the week:
"Every day, hundreds of lives are lost due to gun violence worldwide. Guns are responsible for about half of all violent deaths – nearly a quarter million each year. But the dire consequences of gun violence are not limited to those slain by guns. For every person killed by a gun, many more are injured, maimed, and forced to flee their home and community. Still many more live under constant threats of gun violence.
Economic and social cost of gun violence is appalling. It is estimated that nearly 2 trillion US dollars could be saved - equivalent to 2.6 per cent of the global GDP1 -, if the global homicide rates were significantly reduced. If we were to achieve the ambitious goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – which explicitly links sustainable development and security-, we need to tackle this scourge of gun violence head-on.
The pandemic of gun violence has many roots. These range from legal, political, to socioeconomic, to cultural factors. Lack of adequate legislation and regulation on gun control, insufficient resource and capacity to enforce such legislation, lack of employment and alternative livelihood for youths, ex-gangs and ex-combatants, and a culture that glorifies violence and equates guns with masculinity – all exacerbates gun violence.
Such complex, multi-faceted problems require equally multi-faceted, sustainable solutions that address root causes. Governments, while primarily responsible for controlling guns, cannot do it alone.
To end the crisis of gun violence, we must work together. The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence is a conduit for fostering cooperation on this critical issue among all stakeholders - government, international, regional and sub-regional organizations, research institutes, private companies, and civil society organizations-, to come together and pool our experience, strength and expertise.
And we must address the human factor behind the gun violence. It is essential that we recognize that gun violence affects women, men, girls and boys differently and that we need to seek different strategies to address all dimensions of gun violence.
Next month, States will gather at the United Nations in New York for the Third Review Conference on the Programme of Action on small arms – the key global instrument that has guided international efforts in the fight against the illicit trade in small arms over the past two decades. The Conference will provide an important opportunity for the international community to renew its commitment to silence the guns that affect so many innocent lives, and to continue its work towards achieving our common goal of peace, security and development for all."
The High Representative's statement for the Global Week of Action can also be shared through this link:https://s3.amazonaws.com/unoda-web/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2018-05-04-HR-statement-global-week-of-action-against-gun-violence-v2.pdf. For more information about the Third Review Conference, click on this link.