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. The partnership is in line with RECSA’s strategy to work with diverse partners to raise awareness on issues of small arms. <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f4GU5xh3ff0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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 HOSTS 5TH MSC MEETING
The 5th MSC Meeting was held on the 29th April 2014 per the Resolutions of the 4th MSC meeting. The participants to this meeting are Interior Ministers from the three RECSA Member States namely; Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. RECSA was in attendance as well in its capacity as the Secretariat. The main agenda of this meeting was to discuss the RECSA staffing assessment study as per the resolutions of the last Ministerial Standing Committee Meeting.
Click the video below for a media interview given by Kenya's Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Mr. Mutea Iringo, during the MSC
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.