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Capacity Building

Building State Capacity to Implement the Arms Trade Treaty

large_13_1.jpgThe Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention [CPS-AVIP] participated at the Executive Education Course on the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty organised by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy [GCSP] and hosted by the African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST) in Addis Abba/Ethiopia from 9th to 13th November 2015.

The course aimed to provide training to government officials involved in the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in French speaking African countries. The initiative has been helpful in order to meet the needs of African signatories and parties to the Treaty on how to implement its provisions effectively.

The goal of the course was to contribute to fulfilling the main objectives of the Arms Trade Treaty by establishing common international standards for regulating the global trade in conventional arms and preventing and eradicating the illicit trade in and diversion of conventional arms.

Jean Claude Kabuiku
CPS - AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom

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Advocacy

Seventieth session of UNGA's First Committee : Furthering the Arms Trade Treaty

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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

contact@cps-avip.org
Tel: +44 121 448 6336

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Campaigns

First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty in Mexico

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The CSP 2015 in Cancun / Mexico hailed successful outcomes with a common message: we need strong implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty to save lives. This message echoed by Control Arms Coalition which is the main civil society umbrella organisation campaigning for a robust and legally binding Arms Trade Treaty. The “save lives” message was also echoed by Governments throughout the High Level sessions.  The majority of States also paid tribute to the role of civil society, in securing the ATT, and working toward its implementation and universalisation.

Delegates from States Parties to the ATT convened at Moon Palace Convention Centre in Cancun / Mexico from 24 – 27th of August 2015 to debate thematic areas such as the Rules of Procedure, Financing, ATT Secretariat and Reporting.

CPS – AVIP [The Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention] present at the conference welcomed this first appointment in a new process of implementation of international law on human rights and international humanitarian law, upstream of all trade and arms export.  The arms trade is currently shrouded in secrecy, which means weapons are too easily falling into the hands of those who abuse human rights abuse and diverted into the hands of criminal gangs commented campaigners at the conference. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, States Parties will be expected to submit annual reports about all arms imports and exports.

The conference ended by the adoption by consensus of the location of the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Arms Trade (ATT) in Geneva, and the appointment of South African Dumisani Dladla as interim director for a year.

Contribution: Jean Claude Kabuiku
CPS – AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom

contact@cps-avip.org
Tel : +44 121 448 6336

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