Geneva, Switzerland, 11 - 15 September 2017 States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty [CSP 2017] have gathered to follow up on the implementation and universalisation of the treaty. This gathering was an opportunity for critical players at global sphere to take meaningful actions to reduce human suffering. While diplomats from 106 countries and civil society organisations attended the conference, procedural matters sometimes got more unnecessary attention rather than focusing on the main issue of reducing human suffering caused by the unregulated arms trade. CPS – AVIP was represented at the conference by Nounou Booto Meeti [Programme Director] under the umbrella of the Control Arms coalition.
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.
More than 150 states gather in Vienna for global conference on nuclear weapons
The Austria conference is the latest step in a process that has changed the way nuclear weapons are discussed at the international level. Since 2010, when states parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty recognized “the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons,” a new narrative has emerged in which the actual effects of these weapons are the basis for renewed actions to address them.
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to raise awareness of the public in general on issues related to gender based violence and human rights. This initiative has been originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
CPS-AVIP in partnership with the Rwandan based grassroots faith organisation have organised two days’ workshop to raise awareness of gender-based violence.