September 16, 2019
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 In GLICA2019: Preventing the Illicit Arms Trade

The Illicit Arms trade across the world is stunningly diverse. Global black market sales of firearms has increased drastically, mostly due to the increasing ease with which sales can happen from the internet. Belgium, despite being a conventional weapons exporter, has taken it upon themselves to regulate both the illicit and legal arms trade. Within the UN, Belgium has supported many initiatives in the regulation of the weapons industry, including but not limited to; The tracing of illicit arms in combat zones through the mandating of UN missions to observe the respect of arms embargoes, the creation of databases for the exchange of information on illicit arms, the better use and exchange of information on illicit arms trade in order to allow a better diversion risk analysis. 

Though some supranational legislation is needed, individual nations must take responsibility for their own nations issues in the matter. The topic of illicit arms trade has too many factors to be dealt with so broadly. The most efficient and effective use of the UNs abilities is the creation of databases such as iArms in order for organizations such as INTERPOL to be effective in their enforcement of current international policy. 

Belgium is looking forward to collaborating with the other delegations in finding solutions to this complex and controversial matter.

Small arms and light weapons. (2019, February 1). Retrieved from https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/policy/policy_areas/peace_and_security/disarmament_non_proliferation/conventional_arms/small_arms_and_light_weapons.

  • Max VanderMei

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