The most notable event during the four-day conference was the SAWG
plenary session, which was attended by representatives from the United States military and the Department of State, co-chaired by McCormick and Mahmood.
seeks to engage the Canadian peace, disarmament, human rights, and development NGO communities in the development and promotion of national and international policies and measures to reverse the diffusion and misuse of small arms and light weapons.
The first involved provisions related to small arms and light weapons in the 2002 Security Assistance Act, which was promoted by Senator Dianne Feinstein and advocated by SAWG
By the time that work was started in Congress on the 1996 Farm Bill, there were four regional and several state SAWGs
The members include rural families, religious communities and other organizations that belong to SAWG
Further details about SAWG
may be found at http://www.
According to the well-placed Defence and Diplomatic Sources, both sides signed the minutes of the meeting and agreed to a follow-up SAWG
meeting to be held in Washington in October.
brings together a network of over 60 Canadian civil society organizations with small arms programs.