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Russia: Arms control and non-proliferation

22-06-2015

Arms control and non-proliferation agreements are an important part of Europe's post-Cold War security order, now looking increasingly fragile due to the Ukraine crisis. Numerous concerns have been raised about Russia's commitments on weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms.

Arms control and non-proliferation agreements are an important part of Europe's post-Cold War security order, now looking increasingly fragile due to the Ukraine crisis. Numerous concerns have been raised about Russia's commitments on weapons of mass destruction and conventional arms.

The Arms Trade Treaty: ratification and beyond

30-01-2014

Considered by many a historic achievement, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) establishing common standards for import, export and transfer of conventional arms, will, once in force, close a major loophole in international law. Unlike weapons of mass destruction or land mines, the rising trade in conventional arms had not previously been covered by any binding international rules.

Considered by many a historic achievement, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) establishing common standards for import, export and transfer of conventional arms, will, once in force, close a major loophole in international law. Unlike weapons of mass destruction or land mines, the rising trade in conventional arms had not previously been covered by any binding international rules.

The Arms Trade Treaty: Finally an outcome and what next?

29-05-2013

The fruit of years of negotiations and intensive civil society campaigning, the recent agreement of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has been widely presented as a major achievement. Exceptionally it was adopted by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The wide scope of the treaty, which includes small arms and light weapons (SALW) and, to some extent ammunition, alongside the main conventional arms has satisfied most stakeholders. The major hindrance for the impact of the ATT relates ...

The fruit of years of negotiations and intensive civil society campaigning, the recent agreement of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has been widely presented as a major achievement. Exceptionally it was adopted by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The wide scope of the treaty, which includes small arms and light weapons (SALW) and, to some extent ammunition, alongside the main conventional arms has satisfied most stakeholders. The major hindrance for the impact of the ATT relates to uncertainty about its global relevance.

Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): final negotiations

08-06-2012

The first international treaty regulating sales of conventional arms is to be finalised in July 2012. Even if the ATT raises big expectations, the consensual procedure chosen for its adoption, coupled with contentious issues dividing participants, means that a 'lowest common denominator' treaty with limited scope and weak implementation ay be the result.

The first international treaty regulating sales of conventional arms is to be finalised in July 2012. Even if the ATT raises big expectations, the consensual procedure chosen for its adoption, coupled with contentious issues dividing participants, means that a 'lowest common denominator' treaty with limited scope and weak implementation ay be the result.

Arms trade treaty

05-09-2011

Unlike weapons of mass destruction and land mines, international trade in conventional weapons is not covered by a legally binding global treaty. Currently, the relevant international regulations are made up of a patchwork of UN embargos, transparency mechanisms and a voluntary code of conduct. Since 2010, a UN preparatory committee on Arms Trade Treaty has been mandated to prepare the basis for a final conference to agree the treaty in 2012.

Unlike weapons of mass destruction and land mines, international trade in conventional weapons is not covered by a legally binding global treaty. Currently, the relevant international regulations are made up of a patchwork of UN embargos, transparency mechanisms and a voluntary code of conduct. Since 2010, a UN preparatory committee on Arms Trade Treaty has been mandated to prepare the basis for a final conference to agree the treaty in 2012.

War Remnants and the Pollution of the Sea - Workshop Summary

16-03-2009

On the 16th of March 2009 the Policy Department in DG-EXPO organised a workshop on behalf of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE). The theme of the workshop centred upon the complex of issues resulting from the large amount of war remnants that were dumped in the Baltic Sea following the two World Wars of the twentieth century. The technological, environmental, and financial aspects of the debate were covered as well as the contemporary political controversies related to gas supply lines ...

On the 16th of March 2009 the Policy Department in DG-EXPO organised a workshop on behalf of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE). The theme of the workshop centred upon the complex of issues resulting from the large amount of war remnants that were dumped in the Baltic Sea following the two World Wars of the twentieth century. The technological, environmental, and financial aspects of the debate were covered as well as the contemporary political controversies related to gas supply lines. This combination of political, historical and technical issues resulted in a rich exchange between Members of the European Parliament and external experts. This workshop summary provides an overview on the issues raised during the meeting. It is not intended as a verbatim reproduction of the event. The summary and programme are used as a means to disseminate the workshop presentations which should be useful to those interested in the details of the presentations as well as those who were unable to attend.

An Introduction to the Political and Technical Challenges Posed by Seadumped Chemical and Conventional Weapons : the Case of the Baltic Sea

22-12-2008

Executive summary Potential environmental and human health effects resulting from the dumping of World War I and World War II-era conventional and chemical weapons in the Baltic Sea are of continuing concern. It is not possible to identify, and safely recover or otherwise ‘remediate’ all of the munitions that have been dumped. Some munitions will continue to be uncovered inadvertently. Therefore, procedures for the identification and reporting of recovered munitions should be maintained and, where ...

Executive summary Potential environmental and human health effects resulting from the dumping of World War I and World War II-era conventional and chemical weapons in the Baltic Sea are of continuing concern. It is not possible to identify, and safely recover or otherwise ‘remediate’ all of the munitions that have been dumped. Some munitions will continue to be uncovered inadvertently. Therefore, procedures for the identification and reporting of recovered munitions should be maintained and, where possible, strengthened. Estimating an overall cost for the recovery and remediation of all dumped munitions is problematic. A standard operating procedure for the disposal of such weapons is to detonate individual munitions that are judged to pose a clear and present threat. Techniques for locating and handling munitions at varying depths and databases of geographic, environmental and other information continue to be developed. The paper recommends that any policy approach to the recovery and remediation of dumped munitions should be reasoned and balanced. Any decision to recover or remediate dumped munitions should be informed by technical and scientific requirements, and any policy process should be guided by these principles. Further efforts should be carried out to achieve common understanding on risk (quantitative and qualitative) and the implementation of appropriate risk management strategies.

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John Hart (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute - SIPRI, Stockholm, Sweden)

Depleted Uranium : Environmental and Health Effects in the Gulf War, Bosnia and Kosovo

01-05-2001

The authors conclude that the use of DU ammunition in Iraq and the Balkans neither has led to a serious widespread contamination of the environment nor represents an acute or appreciable long-term hazard for man's health.

The authors conclude that the use of DU ammunition in Iraq and the Balkans neither has led to a serious widespread contamination of the environment nor represents an acute or appreciable long-term hazard for man's health.

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Spiez Laboratory, Spiez

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