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SALWSmall Arms and Light Weapons
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The OSCE Center in Bishkek thus has provided equipment for the destruction of SALW but disposal cannot commence without an adequate legal framework.
* The 2001 UN Programme of Action on SALW, a politically binding instrument that calls for specific measures to better control small arms at the national, regional, and global levels.
The first was the adoption by the UN General Assembly in April of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the first legally binding agreement to establish common standards for the international transfer of conventional weapons, including SALW. The second was the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2117 at its meeting of 26 September addressing the SALW issue as a threat to international peace and security.
This paper will focus its attention exclusively on the illicit manufacturing and trafficking of small arms and light weapons ("SALW").
But in Nigeria, legal trade in small arms and light weapons, or SALW, isn't exactly booming.
Twenty-five cars and three school buses were saved by Civil Defense, the buses as they were about to be swept away to the Salw Valley.
In a country of only 4 million people, there are thought to be between 2 million and 4 million small arms and light weapons (SALW), according to the Permanent Peace Movement (PPM), although exact numbers are impossible to come by, which goes some way toward explaining the gray nature of regulation of the commodity.
The proliferation of SALW in recent years is growingly being recognized as a principle element behind regional and national instability in various parts of the world.
Gwynt digywilydd, uchel ei gloch yn rhuo yn ei ddiod hanner nos, a chwibanu yn iach fel postmon ben bore.' A dyma flas o siop Mrs Taaffe, y siop 'futraf yr ochr hon i afon Shannon': 'Cwen digartref yw cwen Mrs Taaffe: cwn digon salw yr olwg, cwen blr, cwen blin, cwen sy'n Afallon i chwain y sir, cwen sy'n drewi fel buddai gorddi; a'r siop gyfan yn drewi nes bod pobol y dref wedi arfer croesi'r stryd wrth basio'r drws.' Oes, mae 'na flas o Dan y Wenallt arno, ac os ydach chi wedi clywed acen Gardi gref Diarmuid erioed, hawdd iawn ydi clywed ei lais yn adrodd y geiriau.
Pakistan's National Report on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), June 2010, submitted to the UN by the interior ministry, states under the heading 'Legal, regulatory and administrative framework', in minuscule part: