September 16, 2019
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Submitted to : Disarmament and International Security Committee 

From : Socalist Republic of Vietnam

Subject : The Illicit Arms Trade 

Globally, the defense industry make $398.2 billion a year, one of the largest industries worldwide. Scholars estimate that the illicit arms trade makes over 1 billion dollars. While that is only a fraction of what the legal defense industry makes, the effects of the illicit arms trade are seen world wide. Both international terrorist organizations as well as international criminal organizations get their hands on a variety of weapons illegally and use them to hurt civilian populations. Conflict zones all throughout the world are being flooded with these weapons, only adding fuel to the fire, making sures these conflicts never end. Another problem is when state actors fund these weapons making sure they get to non state actors. The countries usually being  affected are developing nations in the middle of a conflict. A question for the committee to ask itself is why are other nations funding illicit arms sales to terrorist groups. It is an injustice this committee cannot allow.


Any good resolution that our committee passes will do a couple of things. First and most importantly, it will work to regulate and provide punishment for nations who sell or allow the purchase of illegal weapons which are to the detriment of developing nations. Second, a resolution needs to implore non corrupt law enforcement to take a harder stance on the illegal arms trade and provide aid if needed. Third, we must recognize conflict zones and work to stop a large number of illegal arms entering a nation, only prolonging the wars in these developing nations. The exploitation of developing nations by the flooding of illegal guns from developed nations state actors and is unacceptable. All nations should review the Arms trade treaty and familiarize themselves with this important document. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam expects great things from this committee and is excited to tackle these tough issues.


  • Jackson Wicka

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