Summit addresses links between armed violence and development
On 7 June 2006, the Government of Switzerland and UNDP hosted the Ministerial Summit on Armed Violence and Development in Geneva. Representatives of more than 40 Member States attended. Many speakers, including Presidents Oscar Arias and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and Swiss Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Micheline Calmy-Rey, stressed that without addressing armed violence the Millennium Development Goals may not be achieved. The Governments present at the Summit adopted the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development committing to broaden the scope and intensifying efforts focused on the prevention of armed violence. The Geneva Declaration will be presented to the UN Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons later in June 2006.