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Inaugural conference on tracing small arms & light weapons in the OSCE area Options
Natalie Wilkins
Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2013 11:30:05 AM
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Ways to trace illicit small arms and light weapons, existing legal framework and practical approaches were the focus of the Inaugural conference on tracing small arms and light weapons in the OSCE area conference which took place on 23 to 24 May 2013 in Vienna.

More than 150 experts and officials from OSCE participating States and Partners for Co-operation looked at the international legal framework for tracing activities, elements of the ‘life cycle’ of the small arms and light weapons, lessons learned from criminal investigations related to firearms tracing, co-operation between law enforcement agencies in the context of fighting small arms trafficking.

The event wass organized by OSCE jointly with INTERPOL, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA).

The opening session of the conference featured opening remarks by Alexey Lyzhenkov, Director of the OSCE Transnational Threats Department; Angela Kane, High Representative for Disarmament from UNODA; Sara Greenblatt, Chief of thee Organized Crime Branch from UNODC; as well as Vincent A. Paris, Counsel to the Toronto Police Service on Organized Crime and Firearm Issues, as a keynote speaker. Other speakers included national experts, representatives of international organizations, non-governmental organizations and academics.
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