Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations
Thursday 22 April 2010
Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street
The problem of 'civilian possession' of firearms has undermined global and
national efforts at controlling small arms and light weapons. Canada is a
producer and exporter of arms, as well as a recipient of both legal and
less than legal transfers of weapons, mainly from the United States. For
Canadians this has translated into greater numbers of guns on our city
streets, and a more dangerous environment for our military forces when
they are deployed abroad. The problem of ?civilian possession' of firearms
is to be addressed at multilateral arms control negotiations under the UN
Programme of Action on Small Arms & Light Weapons (SLAW) and the Arms
Trade Treaty (ATT). This forum seeks to explore the relationship of
civilian possession of arms and problems of control, both domestic and
international for creating conditions of security and insecurity. The
questions that we raise are the following:
- How to interpret the concept of ?civilian possession? under the UN
Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons?
- What are the problems with ?civilian possession? of small arms and
light weapons that the Canadian Forces face?
- What are the problems and prospects of regulating small arms
proliferation within Canada and the United States?
- How the problem of ?civilian possession? of weapons in Canada and
the US needs to be addressed by state and non-state actors ?
- What effect will this have on arms trade as practiced by Canada
and the United States?
Speakers: Wendy Cukier, Coalition for Gun Control
Ken Epps, Project Ploughshares
James Sheptycki, York University
Gregory Getty, Toronto Police
Moderator: Barbara Falk, Canadian Forces College
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