In its resolution 5/4, entitled "Illicit manufacturing of and trafficking in firearms, their parts and components and ammunition", the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group on firearms.
In its resolution 7/1, entitled "Strengthening the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols thereto", the Conference decided, inter alia, that the Working Group on Firearms will be a constant element of the Conference of the Parties, forwarding its reports and recommendations to the Conference, and encouraged the working group to consider meeting on an annual basis, as needed.
In resolution 7/2, the Conference took note with appreciation of the study of the transnational nature of and routes used in trafficking in firearms carried out by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in accordance with the mandate given in Conference resolutions 5/4 of 22 October 2010 and 6/2 of 19 October 2012, and requested the Office to finalize and disseminate the study. In the same resolution, the Conference requested UNODC to continue gathering information from States parties on illicit trafficking in firearms on a regular basis, and directed the Working Group on Firearms to consider the outcomes of the study, with a view to making recommendations to the Conference, at its eighth session, on the future of the study, including, but not limited to, whether the study should be repeated and/or updated and improved upon.
The third meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on firearms took place on 9 June 2015 in Vienna, Austria.
List of Participants
Information for Participants
Provisional agenda and annotations
Activities of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to promote and support the ratification and implementation of the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime
Outcomes of the study of the transnational nature of and routes used in trafficking in firearms
UNODC Study on Firearms 2015
Country Fact Sheets 2015
Report on the meeting of the Working Group on Firearms held in Vienna on 9 June 2015