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Synergies and Complementarities between the A TT, the ECOWAS Convention on SALW, the UNPoA and Other Related Instruments
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UNREC and Its Partners' Contribution to the United nations integrated stragy for the Sahel
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Technical Assistance to the Government of Mali in Controlling Small Arms and Light Weapons
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Gender dimension of the arms trade treaty

A guide to parliamentary action in support of disarmament for security and sustainable development

Assessment Survey on Small Arms in the Sahel Region and Neighboring Countries


UNODA report on Programmes Financed From Voluntary Contributions 2019-2020

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UNREC Disarmament Fact Sheet

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Disarmament Education: United Nations Resources for Learning


Making Room for Improvement Gender Dimensions of the Life-cycle Management of Ammunition

Our most serious shortcoming – and here I refer to the entire international community – is our inability to prevent crises. The United Nations was born from war. Today we must be here for peace.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres



Region   Southern Africa
UN membership date   17-Oct-66
Population (000, 2018)  2 263
Surface area (km2)  30 355
Capital city   Maseru
National currency  Loti (LSL)

International Instruments
Entry into force 
CTBT: Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty  

 30/09/1996  14/09/1999  
Convention on Nuclear Safety  

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material  17/09/2010

Environmental Modification Convention: Convention on the Prohibition of Military or any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques        

Biological Weapons Convention: Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction
 10/04/1972  06/09/1977  
Chemical Weapons Convention: Convention on the Prohibition of the Development,Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction  29/04/1997  07/12/1994  07/12/1994  
Nuclear Terrorism Convention: International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism  22/10/2010
1925 Geneva Protocol: Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare       10/03/1972
Partial Test Ban Treaty: Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Under Water        
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons  

 09/07/1968  20/05/1970  
Sea-bed Treaty: Treaty on the Prohibition of the Emplacement of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction on the Sea-Bed and the Ocean Floorand in the Subsoil Thereof    08/09/1971  03/04/1973  
Treaty relating to the Use of Submarines and Noxious Gases in Warfare  

Regional Instruments
Entry into force
 Treaty of Pelindaba: African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty    11/04/1996 14/03/2002  



Conventional weapons

International Instruments
Entry into force 
Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)   25/09/2013  25/01/2016  
Convention on Cluster Munitions   03/12/2008

CCW: Convention On Prohibitions Or Restrictions On The Use Of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed To Be Excessively Injurious Or To Have Indiscriminate Effects (With Protocols I, Ii And Iii)        06/09/2000
CCW Protocol II: Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, BoobyTraps and Other Devices    

CCW Protocol V: Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons which may be deemed to be Excessively Injurious or to have Indiscriminate Effects        
Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention: Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction  01/06/1999      02/12/1998
Firearms Protocol: Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition    

Treaty relating to the Use of Submarines and Noxious Gases in Warfare    

Regional Instruments
Entry into force

SADC Protocol: Protocol on Control of Firearms, Ammunition and Other Related Materials in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Region  08/11/2004 14/08/2001 27/10/2002  


Transparency InstrumentsMore Details
United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA) http://www.poa-iss.org/Poa13/CountryProfiles/CountryProfileInfo.aspx?CoI=110&pos=1000
International Tracing Instrument: International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons http://www.poa-iss.org/InternationalTracing/InternationalTraicingInfo.aspx?CoI=110&pos=1000
UN Register of Conventional Arms http://www.un-register.org/HeavyWeapons/Index.aspx

Military Expenditures Database http://www.un-arm.org/MilEx/CountryProfile.aspx?CountryId=110
UNSCR 1540- National Reports http://www.un.org/en/sc/1540/national-implementation/national-reports.shtml
UNSCR 1540- National Implementation Action Plans  

Statements First Committee UN General Assembly (Disarmament and International Security)

 Session  Statements
 68e Session(2013)



 69e Session (2014)


 70eSession(2015)  N/A
 71e Session(2016) N/A
 72e Session(2017)  N/A
 73e Session(2018)  http://statements.unmeetings.org/media2/19408465/lesotho.pdf

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