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Update on the use of Information Exchange in combating Illegal Fishing

In the Communique from the 2010 PILON Annual Meeting, members recognized the importance of facilitating information exchange, particularly law enforcement and fisheries information, in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and other emerging transnational crime in the Pacific.  In this regard the meeting noted negotiation of the Niue Treaty Subsidiary Agreement (NTSA).

Arms Trade Treaty Update

At the 2010 PILON Annual Meeting, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) presented a background paper titled “Small Arms and Light Weapons Transfers and International Humanitarian Law”.  This was followed by a presentation by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat that covered regional responses to arms trafficking.  Following these presentations, Members 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.

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