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As part of the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, Cameroon Youth and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP), sent letters to the Minister of external Relation and the Chair of National Assembly of Cameroonian Parliament, calling for ratification of the Central African convention on Small Arms, also known as the Kinshasa Convention.

The UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLiREC) has issued a working paper on guns and armed violence in Latin American and Caribbean schools. More

From 20 to 21 January 2011, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the Government of China held a regional workshop on strengthening the capacity of the media in advocating and promoting peace and disarmament in Asia and the Pacific.

IANSA is delighted that the women only Training Institute model is inspiring similar women-focused initiatives. In December 2010, the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC) brought together 40 women for a course on combating illicit firearms trafficking. For more information about women only trainings contact women@iansa.org

On 15 December, members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted a Common Position on the Arms Trade Treaty

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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.