The United Nations General Assembly's work on disarmament is carried out by one of its main committees. First Committee deals on Disarmament and International Security. The Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention was involved in the First Committee of the UNGA in New York by the Programme Director Nounou Booto Meeti. Taking the floor at the side event organised by the Control Arms coalition Mrs Meeti highlighted crucial statistics to illustrate the devastating impact that irresponsible arms transfers have had, not only in fuelling the conflict, but undermining the development, access to basic services, and education. Sadly she quoted “50,000 deaths, 500,000 refugees, 1, 5 million of displaced people” refereeing to the study on South Sudan.
The Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention has been active and joining efforts with global initiatives for a legally binding and robust Arms Trade Treaty. Time has come explained Mrs Meeti to stop atrocities committed by illicit trade of arms by allowing an effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. To save the South Sudan against the illicit flow arms and transfer, the Arms Trade Treaty provisions can be used in accordance with the prohibitions under Article 7, the transit and transhipment requirements under Article 9, and the measures to prevent diversion under Article 11.
Further contributions of the Centre has been valuable at different related side events:
“ATT Implementation in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges”, side event co-hosted by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Permanent Missions of Sweden and Nigeria, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and Control Arms to bring the perspective of need for assistance towards ATT universalisation in Africa.
“African diplomats discuss plans for CSP2016”, a dinner hosted by Control Arms and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria on 26 October 2015, to facilitate informal discussions on how civil society and African states can collaborate in preparing CSP2016.
Jean Claude Kabuiku
CPS - AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom
Tel: +44 121 448 6336