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RECSA Member States Commit to the Arms Trade Treaty
RECSA Member States have expressed continued support for the Arms Trade Treaty. In a regional meeting held on 18th March 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya and attended by representatives of 10 Member States, UN agencies, regional organisations, the media and civil society, the countries committed themselves to ratify and accede to the Treaty.
During the meeting, RECSA assured its Member States of assistance to speed up the process. Six of the 15 Member countries have signed the Treaty.
RECSA Partners with AMI and URI to Combat Proliferation of Small Arms
On Friday 20th February 2015, RECSA signed two Memoranda of Understanding with African Media Initiative (AMI) and United Religious Initiative-Africa (URI). RECSA and AMI will collaborate in training and encouraging journalists to cover the issue of weapons proliferation on the continent, and to promote peace within the RECSA region and beyond. As conflicts in Africa continue to impede social and economic development on the continent, the two organizations will be working together to strengthen the media’s capacity to report on issues of small arms and light weapons proliferation, with the hope of raising awareness and providing lasting solutions to the problem.
Validation Workshop on a Study on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
On 19th November, RECSA held a workshop in Nairobi to validate a study on the complementarity and synergies between the ATT and other small arms instruments (the UNPoA, the Nairobi Protocol and the Kinshasa Convention). The Treaty supplements these and other international and regional small arms instruments including the UN Protocol on Firearms, the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), the SADC Protocol on Firearms, the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms, among others. The meeting brought together small arms experts from the UN, regional organisations, development partners, Government and civil society organisations to enrich the study report.
RECSA Supports Pursuit of Peace between Sudan and South Sudan
RECSA supports dialogue between Khartoum and Juba on cooperating to promote small arms control, disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration, and peace building in common border areas. A meeting to share experiences in ongoing work in both countries was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 6th and 7th November 2013.