Aiming for Prevention: International Initiatives

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IPPNW and other NGOs took a prominent role in the United Nations Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects  convened in 2001. The result of the conference was a "Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects or “UN PoA.” Since then IPPNW has actively participated in subsequent meetings relating to the PoA, bringing a public health message to these proceedings. We also served on the Steering Board of the Control Arms Coalition that helped pass the historic international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which entered into force in December 2014. We regularly participate in other disarmament-related UN events in New York, Vienna, and Geneva and the annual UN Department of Public Information (UNDPI) conferences.

Brief summaries of our active engagement at UN disarmament events include the following: