IANSA / RAIAL International Conference
organised by the Belgian branches RAIAL/BF and VNLW

Programma in het Nederlands (Word)


« Proliferation of Small Arms:
What European Policies
After the UN Conference ? »

Friday 5 October 2001, 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM
Palais d’Egmont (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Place du Petit Sablon, 8 – 1000 Bruxelles

Closing Session in the Brussels City Council
Brussels' Grand Place, in the presence of the
Belgian Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Defense, at 5:30 PM

The conference will be followed by an NGO working day
on Saturday 6 October, from 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM - same place


Available Reports for October 5th

International Conference


Photos : G. Berghezan ©

 

9:00 : Welcome of Participants

9:30 to 10:30 : Opening

- Presentation of the Conference, by Benoît Albert (Commission Justice et Paix) and Georges Spriet (General Secretary of Vrede and member of VNLW)

- Small Arms and Light Weapons : What Impacts on the Humanitarian and Development ?, by Patrick Dupont (representative of the State Secretary for Development Cooperation, Belgium)

- Civil Society Initiatives in Mali and Africa, by Fatoumata Maiga (AFIP, and coordinator of the Malian branch of IANSA)

10:30 to 10:45 : Short break

10:45 AM to 1:00 : Follow-up of the UN Conference by the European Union

- Chair : Sarah Meek (International Alert – United Kingdom)

Contributions (12 minutes per speaker) :

- Evaluation and Perspectives of the UN Conference on Small Arms and Light Weapons in All its Aspects, by Camilo Reyes (Colombian Ambassador to the UN and President of the UN Conference)

- Towards the Elaboration of an International Convention on International Arms Transfers ?, by Greg Puley (Arias Foundation)

- The Control of Brokers and their Activities, by Dirk Van der Maelen (Belgian MP, initiator of a national law on brokering)

- Towards the Elaboration of an International Convention for the Traceability of Small Arms and Light Weapons, by Ilhan Berkol (GRIP)

- Debate with the Floor

with the participation of Marie-France André (Belgian Delegation during the UN Conference - Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

2:30 to 4:30 : Which European Policy for Transfers in Small Arms and Light Weapons ?

- Chair : Patrice Bouveret (C.D.R.P.C., and member of the Collectif Armes Légères, France);

Contributions :

- The European Problematical Small Arms Exports to Africa, by Cyriaque Agnekethom (UN Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa)

- The European Union Initiatives on Small Arms and Light Weapons, by Frank de Wispelaere (CODUN Secretary, European Council)

- The EU Code on Arms Exports : Evaluation of Three Years of Functionning, by Liz Clegg (Saferworld);

- Which Role can the European and the National Parliaments play in the Control of Arms Transfers ?, by Majlene Westerlund Panke (Swedish MP);

- Debate with the Floor

4:30 to 5:30 : Break, and organized moving to Brussels' Grand Place

6:00 to 6:30 : Closing session, in the Brussels City Council

- Objectives of the Light Weapons Campaign Regarding the Follow-up of the UN Conference, by Bernard Adam (GRIP, and Coordinator of RAIAL/BF)

- Objectives of the Light Weapons Campaign Regarding the European Policy of Arms Exports, by Wim Taelman (Amnesty International Flanders)

- Closing discourse, by Louis Michel (Belgian Minister of Foreign Affairs)

 


Programme for October 6th

NGO Workshop Day

 

9:00 : Welcome of Participants

9:30 to 10:00 : Summary of the previous day, and perspectives for action, by Philip Alpers (Harvard School of Public Health)

10:00 to 10:30 : Presentation and organisation of the workshops

10:30 to 12:15 : Workshops

The participants will choose one of the following workshops :

1) Follow-up of the UN Conference : Towards a Convention on Traceability (coordinated by Michel Wéry (GRIP) and Caroline Pailhe (GRIP), simultaneous translation English-French)

2) Follow-up of the UN Conference : Possession by the Civilians (coordinated by Philip Alpers (Harvard School of Public Health) and Adele Kirsten (Gun Free South Africa), simultaneous translation English-Dutch)

3) The NGO Monitoring of the European and International Policies in Arms Exports  (coordinated by Sarah Meek (International Alert) and Roy Isbister (Saferworld), in English)

4) The Problematic of Small Arms + Q & As (coordinated by Georges Spriet (Vrede) and Christiane Agboton Johnson (MALAO-Sénégal), simultaneous translation French-Dutch)

12:30 to 1:00 : Synthetic presentation of the afternoon's debates in plenary

1:00 to 2:00 : Lunch

2:00 to 3:45 : Workshops

The participants will choose one of the following workshops :

5) Follow-up of the UN Conference : Towrads a Convention on the Legal Transfers of Small Arms (coordinated by Julia Sanders (Oxfam) and Lara Blanco (Arias Foundation), in English)

6) Follow-up of the UN Conference : Towards a Convention on Brokering (coordinated by Loretta Bondi (Fund for Peace) and Bart Haremans (Pax Christi Vlaanderen), simultaneous translation in English and Dutch)

7) How to Strengthen the Action of the NGOs From the South, And the Collaboration South-North in the Field of Small Arms and Light Weapons ? (coordinated by Christiane Agboton Johnson (MALAO-Sénégal) and Félix Nkundabagenzi (GRIP), simultaneous translation English-French);

8) Light Weapons and War-Affected Children : Perspectives for Action (coordinated by Renaud Galand, Sophie Picavet (Red Cross) and Jo Hanssen (Pax Christi), simultaneous translation French-Dutch).

3:45 to 4:15 : Break

4:15 to 5:30 : Synthetic presentation of the afternoon's debates and proposals for action

5:30 : Closing

 

Photos : G. Berghezan ©

 



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