UN chief hails successful end of review of programme of action for

“The final report expresses the international community’s unwavering commitment to combat the devastating impacts of illicit small arms and light weapons,” the spokesperson said in a statement today. “It also sets out a roadmap for the period 2012-2018, with concrete, actionable steps to implement the Programme of Action.”The Programme of Action, which countries adopted by consensus in 2001, contains concrete recommendations for improving national legislation and controls over illicit small arms, fostering regional cooperation and promoting international assistance and cooperation on the issue.Countries agreed to, among other measures, ensuring that licensed manufacturers apply an appropriate and reliable marking on each small arm and light weapon as an integral part of the production process, and to keeping comprehensive and accurate records for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction.“The Secretary-General believes that the success achieved at this Review Conference will further bolster the international community’s efforts to tackle the challenges associated with the wide availability of illicit small arms,” the UN chief’s spokesperson added. “In particular, this success should give further impetus to the efforts to conclude the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) process in the nearest future.” In July, UN Member States failed to reach agreement on a treaty that would regulate the conventional arms trade. The four-week long Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty had brought Member States together to negotiate what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the United Nations. Despite the lack of agreement, Mr. Ban said, at the time, that he was encouraged that the ATT process was not over, with States having agreed to continue pursuing “this noble goal.”At the end of 2010, an estimated 27.5 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict, while millions more have sought refuge abroad. In many cases, the armed violence that drove them from their homes was fuelled by the widespread availability and misuse of weapons. read more

Landmark Dublin bar boycotts CocaCola over Sochi Olympics sponsorship

first_imgThe George accepts that for a multinational company like Coca Cola our refusal to sell its products for two week period will not impact financially on themHowever, it adds:We do hope that our solidarity with the LGBT people of Russia will highlight that multinational corporations have a responsibility to all of their customers and have missed an opportunity to raise global awareness of the human rights abuses taking place in Russia. A DUBLIN BAR has announced that it will stop serving or stocking Coca-Cola, in protest at the brand’s sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics.The George – a landmark on Dublin’s gay scene for 25 years – said the decision was based on Coca-Cola’s continued support for the Olympics “in spite of Russia’s continued crack down on LGBT rights”.It will not serve any Coca-Cola from February 7 to February 23 – the duration of the Olympics.Making the announcement on The George’s Facebook page, management said that Russia’s LGBT community have faced “ever increasing persecution” following the signing of a federal law last year that introduced punishments for anyone promoting ‘homosexual propaganda’. The statement continues: Pantibar – the bar run by performer and activist Panti Bliss, whose powerful speech about the oppression of gay people went around the world last week – has also announced that it will stop selling Coca-Cola products.The George, which was one of the first gay bars in the capital, describes itself as “the lynchpin that holds Dublin’s gay scene together”.Management have also hung posters announcing the boycott inside the bar: Source: FacebookCoca-Cola has faced criticism for its support of the Olympics amid rising controversy, including the revelation that a customisable ‘share a Coke’ function on the company’s website rejected the word ‘Gay’.However, the company also attracted anger from some right-wing commentators in the US with a TV ad that showed a gay couple rollerskating with their daughter. Coca-Cola aired the ad again during US coverage of the Sochi opening ceremony yesterday, Mediaite reports.More: Here’s the Coca-Cola ad that sparked a furious backlash>last_img read more