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International Documents on Corporate Responsibility

Edited by Stephen Tully

International Documents on Corporate Responsibility includes the principal international, regional and national instruments drafted by intergovernmental organisations or states as well as codes of conduct formulated by industry associations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations. The coverage includes the fields of human rights, international criminal and environmental law, labour standards, international trade, armed conflict, sustainable development, corruption, consumer protection and corporate governance. Each document is accompanied by a brief explanatory commentary outlining the historical origins of the instrument, the principal actors involved, controversial negotiation issues, applicable implementation procedure, and identifies further reference material.
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Chapter 93: UN: Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2001


Commentary: In 2001 the UN held a conference on the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects and formulated an action programme: see Conference Report, UN Doc A/CONF.192/15. See further, UN (2001), ‘Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of a Convention against Transnational Organized Crime on the work of its twelfth session’, UN Doc A/55/383/Add.2 and the interpretative notes for the official records (travaux préparatoires) for the Protocol’s negotiation in UN Doc A/55/383/Add.3 (2001). See also, UN (1999), ‘Report on the feasibility of restricting the manufacture and trade of small arms to manufacturers and dealers authorized by States’, UN Doc A/54/160; UN SecretaryGeneral (2000), ‘Report on the Illicit Traffic in Small Arms’, UN Doc A/55/323. Negotiators considered existing initiatives, including the ‘1991 Guidelines for International Arms Transfers: UN Disarmament Commission’ (1991), UN Doc A/51/42, Annex to Report. See further, UN Secretary-General (1991), A compilation of all texts of principles, guidelines or recommendations on subject items adopted unanimously by the Disarmament Commission, UN Doc A/51/182; UN SecretaryGeneral (1991), ‘Ways and means of promoting transparency in international transfer of conventional arms’, UN Doc A/46/301. The Protocol extracted below was adopted by UNGA Resolution 55/255 (2001) and is not yet in force. Article 6 contemplates confiscation, seizure and disposal, Article 7 provides for record-keeping and Article 9 envisages deactivating firearms. The first biennial meeting to consider implementing the programme of action was conducted during 2003: see UN Doc A/CONF.192/BMS/2003/1. The Conventional Arms Branch of...

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