Environment and climate responsiveness in the UN Programme of Action: Mainstreaming Climate and the Environment in Weapon and Ammunition Management. Working Paper | Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

This paper aims to make a case for recognition of the climate, peace and security intersection in the outcome document of the Fourth Review Conference on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UN PoA).

It highlights the link between the consequences of climate change and weapons proliferation, as well as the increased diversion risk in the case of natural disasters. 

A short overview of interactions between weapons and ammunition management (WAM) and climate follows, emphasising the importance of a strong assessment process and steps being taken to address issues raised. 

The paper also covers environmental concerns which are especially acute regarding weapons destruction and emphasises the need to identify appropriate technical interventions that respond to the national context. 

It also makes some recommendations for additions or changes to the outcome document that aim to mainstream climate and the environment.

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