General Assembly General Assembly

OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON CONVENTIONAL AMMUNITION

SECOND SUBSTANTIVE SESSION

(Geneva, August 15-19, 2022)

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Statement by Commodore Nitin Parvataneni, Director (Military Affairs),

Ministry of External Affairs

 

on 

 

ENABLING FACTORS THAT COULD CONTRIBUTE TO A SAFE, SECURE AND SUSTAINABLE THROUGH-LIFE AMMUNITION MANAGEMENT OF CONVENTIONAL AMMUNITION AT THE NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND GLOBAL LEVELS

(August 18, 2022)

 

 

Mr. Chairman, 

 

On today’s agenda, we believe that...

 

- States hold the primary responsibility for ensuring the safety and security of conventional ammunition through its lifecycle. We also recognize the value of international cooperation, particularly when it comes to security aspects of ammunition management. As recognised in resolution 76/233, such cooperation at the regional and subregional levels should be considered on a voluntary basis. This is a key principle that needs to reflected in the Global framework as well.

 

- An important aspect of international support to regional and sub-regional mechanisms would be in the area of capacity building. Developing technical expertise at the national level through the effective use of regional and sub-regional mechanisms, including by leveraging such expertise available locally within the region, should be accorded top priority. We will elaborate on this point in greater detail when we discuss ‘other unidentified measures’.

 

- One of the key enabling factors that needs to be considered by the OEWG is the issue of sustainability of international assistance. Some of the political commitments that are being envisaged in the draft global framework are ambitious. Fulfilling such commitments would need considerable allocation of financial resources over a considerable period of time. To cite an example, developing ammunition surveillance capability is a major undertaking. It involves establishment of dedicated testing facilities and constant training of personnel, among other things. For such safety techniques to yield the desired results, mutually accepted international guidelines and sustained international assistance with a long-term perspective through constant assessment of impact would be required.

 

To sum it up, the the points that need serious consideration under this set of questions are -

 

a) Enhancement of national capacities through regional and international cooperation and the necessary financial allocation for the same

 

b) Creation of a regional-level frameworks for capacity building by pooling in local expertise and 

 

c) Sustainability of the international assistance through constant reassessment and reviews. 

 

And finally, yesterday, we were priveleged to hear the contributions by the civil society and international organizations in creating guidelines and handbooks in addition to some technological breakthroughs. For eg, the OSCE handbook of best practices on conventional ammunition. And we, as a delegation, sincerely appreciate their efforts.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to present our views.

 

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