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Developments in SALW Technology and Design: Implications for Countering Diversion
7 March 2017
The EU Non-proliferation Consortium organised a one-day expert seminar on “Developments in SALW-technology: implications for countering diversion”, on 7 March 2017 in Brussels.
Preventing diversion of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) is a key priority for the international community in preventing violent conflicts and gun enabled crimes. The seminar included presentations and discussions on ‘Risks of diversion’, ‘Marking and tracing’, ‘Stockpile management’ and ‘End-use controls’. It built upon the outcomes of the 2015 Meeting of Governmental Experts on the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on SALW. The discussions will feed into the review of the EU SALW Strategy as well as preparations for the 2018 Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on SALW.
The seminar brought together 40 participants from European industry, EU and EU member state officials, regional and international organizations, and research institutes.
|09:00–09:15||Welcome and introduction to the seminar|
|Pawel Herczynski, Director Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service
Mark Bromley, Co-Director of the Dual-use and Arms Trade Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
|09:15–10:30||Session 1 — Diversion: causes, consequences and risk mitigation|
|Chair: Frank Meeussen, Alternate Chair of COARM Council Working Party, European External Action Service
Speaker: Savannah de Tessières, Senior Consultant, Small Arms Survey and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Speaker: Tarmo Dix, Desk Officer Conventional Arms Control, German Federal Foreign Office
Speaker: N. R. Jenzen-Jones, Director, Armament Research Services
This session will explore the legal and normative standards to prevent diversion; recent cases of diversion following exports of SALW from Europe; and means to counter diversion, including the opportunities and challenges generated by emerging SALW technologies and designs.
|10:45–12:00||Session 2 — Developments in SALW technology and design: implications for marking and tracing|
|Chair: Lina Grip, Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Speaker: Dr. Giacomo Persi Paoli, Research Leader, RAND Europe
Speaker: Thierry Jacobs, Strategic Projects and Relations Executive, Fabrique Nationale d’Herstal
Speaker: Dr. Gernot Schrems, Laser Expert, Trotec Laser GmbH
This session will explore the current state of the art with regard to available technologies for marking and tracing SALW and related ammunition; the challenges and opportunities posed by developments in modular design, polymer materials and additive manufacturing and how they can be met; and options for states to promote the use of new marking techniques.
|13:15–14:30||Session 3 — Developments in SALW technology and design: implications for stockpile management|
|Chair: Pilar Reina, Independent consultant
Speaker: Alain Lapon, Chief Technical Officer, South Eastern and Eastern European Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons
Speaker: Diman Dimov, Project Support Office, Conflict Prevention Centre, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
Speaker: Robert Kondor, Regional Sales Director, Dynamit Nobel Defence
This session will explore the current state of the art with regard to available technologies for tagging and tracking SALW shipments and stockpiles to facilitate secure stockpile management; the role these systems can play in preventing SALW diversion; and options for states to promote the use of these technologies.
|14:30–15:45||Session 4 — Developments in SALW technology and design: implications for end-use controls|
|Chair: Elvan Isikozlu, Researcher, Bonn International Center for Conversion
Speaker: Matt Schroeder, Senior Researcher, Small Arms Survey
Speaker: Dr. Georg Jahnen, Head of Development, Armatix
This session will explore the current state of the art with regard to available technologies for enabling and/or disabling SALW; other technologies that can help to prevent the post shipment diversion of SALW; and options for states to promote the use of these technologies.
|15:45–16:00||Summary of the day’s discussions and links with EU and UN-level processes|
|Frank Meeussen, alternate chair of COARM Council Working Party, European External Action Service
Dr. Ali Arbia, Project Manager, Small Arms Survey
- 7 March 2017
- Event Category:
- Ad Hoc Seminars
- Conference Centre Albert Borschette (CCAB)
36 rue Froissart
Brussels, B- 1040