Wednesday, 13.09.2017 - Geneva, Switzerland

The ATT from an African Perspective: Parliaments and Civil Society as Relevant Stakeholders for Universalization and Implementation

Despite the relatively fast pace of ratifications of the Arms Trade Treaty, universalization in certain regions and implementation is still a pending task.

Parliaments still have to review and adapt local legislation, allocate budgets and increase oversight regarding government compliance with the ATT. This side event, jointly organized with the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Lights Weapons discussed implementation and universalization of the ATT looking at the (West) African experience.

The discussion highlighted importance of civil society and parliaments in this process, the role of Regional Economic Communities in ensuring universalization as well as the importance of national strategies linked to national political priorities and relevant international frameworks such as the Agenda 2030 and the UNPOA.

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