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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

1.      The European Union wishes to express its deep appreciation for the prudent, inclusive and transparent way you and your facilitators have been conducting these negotiations. Under your leadership we have felt in safe hands right from the start of this review process until the very end. We are convinced that we would not have achieved a successful outcome of this Conference without your dedication and skills.

2.      The European Union remains strongly committed to fighting the spread and misuse of illicit SALW and we are confident that the results of this Conference will enable us to do so more effectively in the future.

3.      We are pleased to see references to the need for strong systems of export controls in the text, including the commitment to ensure strict national systems that are consistent with the existing responsibilities of States under relevant international law, taking into account in particular the risk of diversion of SALW into the illegal trade. We are convinced that our efforts in this regard will also meaningfully complement the work and aims of the Arms Trade Treaty process.

4.      We regret that we were not able to find sufficient consensus to acknowledge clearly the need to integrate the gender perspective into the implementation of the PoA provisions and to properly take into account Security Council Resolution 1325 and General Assembly Resolution 65/69. The elimination of the illicit trade in SALW requires the active participation of all, men as well as women, and we need to better take into account their specific roles and experiences in our efforts to fully implement the PoA.

5.      Similarly, we were hoping to see a specific reference to Security Council Resolution 1612 on children in armed conflict as well as more specific language on ammunition, parts and components, MANPADS, ISACS, ISS, the UN register of conventional arms and monitoring mechanisms.

6.      Moreover, we would have wished to reach agreement on a strong commitment to significantly enhance our efforts to prevent and combat any activity that violates a UN Security Council arms embargo. In view of the findings on arms embargo violations by the monitoring groups of the Security Council this issue is a serious problem that needs to be tackled by the international community.

7.      Although we were advocating for a smaller number of meetings in the next review period, we are satisfied to have agreed on possible themes for our future meetings. We look forward to the results of these focused discussions.

8.      We welcome the establishment of a voluntary multi donor facility. We also support the engagement of many of the most affected countries, who spoke out to increase our efforts on e.g. victim assistance, armed violence, border controls, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration as well as physical security and stockpile management.

9.      Finally, we would like to thank our fellow delegations. We have not always agreed on every issue but we have witnessed sincere efforts to find solutions even to some difficult questions and appreciated this atmosphere.

Thank you.

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