Assistance to Small Arms Database Project
November 9, 2005
- Through the United Nations trust fund on small arms and light weapons, to which Japan contributes, CASA (Coordinating Action on Small Arms) Database Project intended to establish a comprehensive database on small arms and light weapons (SALW) by the U.N. started in October. (Japan contributed U.S.$168,144 to this project.)
- It is expected that the project will collect wide-ranging information on SALW, not only country profiles, which include information on the present situation of illicit SALW trade, and how they are tackling them, but also on-the-ground projects information implemented by countries and international and other organizations. It is also expected that the project will make it possible to provide wide-ranging information for not only countries and the CASA members but general users via data access so that understanding of the SALW issue will be promoted and future on-the-ground projects will be more efficiently and effectively carried out.
- On October 15 (Sat), as a result of the survey report by a team dispatched in March through the Fund, the United Nations and the Government of Guinea-Bissau agreed to carry out a SALW project (U.S.$367,440) including activities such as collection of SALW, improvement of the regulatory framework and awareness raising campaign which will be financed by the Fund.
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