Friday, July 25, 2014

Ambassador Tanin Convenes First Information Consultations of the BMS5 as Chair-Designate

On 25 October 2013, Ambassador Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, convened the first informal consultations of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to consider the implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illict Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (BMS5) in his capacity as Chair-Designate.  The meeting was intended as a forum for Member States to share their views on the substantive and organizational aspects of the BMS5, which will be held in June 2014.

The BMS5 will provide Member States with the opportunity to consider the national, regional and global implementation of the Program of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects (PoA), an instrument which calls for states to take action on the illegal trade of small arms and light weapons.

Ambassador Tanin opened the consultations by offering a warm welcome to Member States.  “I look forward to taking on this role,” he said, “and to working with all of you as we move forward.  Please be assured that I will work closely with Member States to ensure the success of BMS5.”  AmbassadorTanin also emphasized his commitment to an inclusive and fully transparent process from beginning to end, leading into the meeting next year.

In his statement, Ambassador Tanin expressed his intention to use the same working methods which were successfully used during previous PoA meetings, including an early circulation of a ‘zero-draft’ outcome document, and a move directly to thematic debate with no general debate or high level segment, as in the past.  He also put forward four very initial proposals for the agenda items during the BMS5, proposals based on agreements made at the last Review Conference in 2012.  These included stockpile management; marking, record-keeping, and tracing; international cooperation and assistance; and other issues.

Member States congratulated Ambassador Tanin on his nomination as Chair-Designate and offered their support to him throughout the process.  Further, Member States remarked on the proposed agenda, working methods, and other substantive issues of note leading up to the BMS5.

Closing the consultations, Ambassador Tanin reiterated his commitment to listen to Member States and expressed his desire to hear from each representative in the months to come.