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Pacific Regional Small Arms and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop


Following consideration at the 2010 PILON Annual Meeting, PILON members have agreed to support the effort of States to negotiate an International Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  The ATT aims to create an international legal framework for the trade in conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons. Through regulation of the legal trade, the ATT will contribute to deterring and preventing the illicit trafficking and proliferations of arms.

An update regarding the 2011 meeting of the UN Preparatory Committee of the ATT was provided here.

Representatives from Pacific Island nations met in Brisbane in early March 2012 to develop a regionally agreed position to take to 2012 UN Preparatory Committee meeting.  The Pacific Regional Small Arms and ATT Workshop was co-hosted by Oxfam, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the Australian Government.  The meeting follwed the directive from Pacific Leaders in their 2011 Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Communique for the Pacific region to develop a "common Forum position on an ATT and to ensure a strong and proactive voice in ATT negotiations".  


The workshop heard from the chair of the ATT negotiation process, H.E. Roberto Garcia Moritan and representatives of national police forces and the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police Secretariat, customs and border control agencies, defence and foreign affairs agencies, as well as and civil society organisations from across the Pacific.


The workshop also focused on ways of bolstering the Pacific’s implementation of the 2001 UN Programme of Action that aims to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.