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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.
The Treaty is due to enter into force on 24th December 2014 after attaining the 50 ratifications threshold required. The study prepares RECSA Member States for the implementation of the ATT by comparing its provisions to those contained in other instruments. The study and validation workshops were conducted with support from the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). The Occasion was Graced by H.E DR. Batilda Salha Burian, Tanzania High Commissioner to Kenya and the Chairperson of RECSA members of the Diplomatic Corps forum based in Nairobi.
RECSA Signs MoUs With FECCLAHA and APFO
On 5th September 2014, RECSA signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa (FECCLAHA). This was followed by the signing of another five-year MOU with the African Peace Forum (APFO) on 24th September. Both agreements will enable RECSA to collaborate with the two organisations to undertake joint small arms work in the areas of advocacy, research and documentation, peace building and conflict transformation, capacity building, among others.
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.
Author: Regional Center on Small Arms (RECSA)
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