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From 26-30 September, member states of the African Union are meeting in Lomé, Togo to consider a draft SALW control strategy, and elaborate an African Common Position on the ATT for the negotiating conference in 2012.

On 12-13 September, civil society representatives and officials met for the ‘Fourth meeting of the Southern Cone on the control of illicit trafficking and transfers of firearms’ in Santiago, Chile.

The movement of illicit arms and mercenaries across borders in West Africa poses grave danger to the stability of the region, according to the ECOWAS Commission in Abuja.

Good Generation of Burundi, an IANSA member in Burundi, launched an awareness-raising campaign on the Kinshasa Convention by handing a brief calling for the ratification of the Convention to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In DR Congo, UCOPASUKI featured in an interview on Radio Okapi to talk about the importance of the Kinshasa Convention and national gun laws.

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This document outlines recommendations that would strengthen areas of the Arms Trade Treaty that have the potential to control and reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and related ammunition. The inclusion of these is vital if the Arms Trade Treaty is to be effective in saving lives and reducing serious injury to people around the world.

The East African Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) is monitoring media for the latest news and stories relating to the small arms issue in the region.

The Implementation Plan for the 'Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Their Ammunition and All Parts and Components That Can Be Used for Their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly', known as the Kinshasa Convention,  was drafted by the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and adopted by state parties to the convention in November 2010. 

The 'Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly', known as the Kinshasa Convention, was signed on 19 November

This is the second of our quarterly Updates on IANSA in Africa to keep you informed of progress on the continent. This issue focuses on the ‘Central Africa Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and all Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly’, known as the 'Kinshasa Convention'.   

This is the first of our quarterly Updates on IANSA in Africa to keep you informed of progress on the continent. This issue focuses on a project coordinated by The Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA), entitled ‘The Fight Against the Illicit Accumulation and Trafficking of Firearms in Africa’. 

UNREC is the UN regional disarmament centre in Africa. In addition to supporting initiatives to implement the UN Programme of Action on small arms, it has been coordinating the creation of the Kinshasa Convention since 2009. This Convention promotes small arms control in Central Africa. More

This UN regional centre covers Asia and the Pacific, and works to assist countries implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, as well as other disarmament initiatives. More

This UN regional centre covers Asia and the Pacific, and works to assist countries implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, as well as other disarmament initiatives. More

UNLiREC is the UN regional centre for disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

IANSA members in West Africa are keeping track of states’ implementation of the ECOWAS convention on their websites.

A new report analyses Colombia's national laws in the light of international instruments on small arms control.