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SaVI presents at Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons

5 Mar 2018 - 11:30

The meeting was titled: “Connecting the Dots: Supporting the 2030 Agenda, the Arms Trade Treaty and the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects implementation through increased parliamentary engagement and action in international processes”.

Skade pointed out that the world in 2018 is marked by an upsurge of violence and armed conflict, as well as the spread of global terrorism and organised crime. The number of forcibly displaced people has reached 65 million, the highest number since the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees records began. Armed conflicts and violence, independent of the scale, are perpetuated by the availability of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), increasing the need for concise and effective steps to tackle its proliferation.  Skade's presentation focused on the legislative tools/instruments available in the prevention and reduction of SALW related violence in the Southern African region.

The objective of this meeting was to provide tools that allow parliamentarians to influence the implementation of the 2030 Agenda (SDG 16.4.2), the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA).

To find out more about what the forum or his presentation, contact Matthew Skade at matt.skade@uct.ac.za