2021 Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms

The seventh Biennial Meeting of States (BMS7) on the UN Programme of Action (UNPoA) to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects is scheduled to take place 26–30 July 2021 in a hybrid format with physical meetings occurring at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Chair for the Conference is Ambassador Martin Kimani of Kenya.

Information about civil society participation is available in this aide-memoire. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, civil society participation at BMS7 is taking place virtually/online, taking into account the safety and health guidelines implemented at the United Nations Headquarters. There is no expectation of travel to UNHQ in New York. All side events will take place fully virtually. The International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) serves as the official coordinator of civil society participation in BMS7 this year. Please contact them at [email protected] if you have any questions related to the BMS7, including accreditation, registration, side events, and NGO statements to the meeting.

BMS7 resources

WILPF side events

On 29 July, 9:00 EST, WILPF, together with the Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control (GENSAC), is co-hosting the online eventAdvancing gender-responsive small arms control through advocacy and research: opportunities and challenges.” The event will feature speakers from WILPF Kenya and WILPF’s partner Asuda, who will speak to some of the practical challenges of doing work in this area, including challenges related to gender-disaggregated data collection.

WILPF will also speak at the online event "Comparing global arms control instrument review processes: Lessons and challenges," on 28 July, 13:15 - 14:45 EST.

Relevant websites

Reaching Critical Will resources

Background information

Other resources