Today marks the opening of the Regional Parliamentary Workshop on ‘Addressing the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons and Supporting an Arms Trade Treaty – The Role of Parliamentarians’.

Hosted by the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Namibia, and kindly supported by the German Foreign Ministry, the meeting is organized by Control Arms member Parliamentarians for Global Action.

The purpose of the Workshop is to raise awareness surrounding the importance of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the region as well as promoting the establishment of a robust Arms Trade Treaty.

A Plan of Action will be drawn up at the conclusion of the Workshop which will contain a number of practical steps that Members of Parliament participating in this Workshop can take in their respective countries and parliaments to promote greater conformity with the UN Programme of Action and build further support for an Arms Trade Treaty, following conclusion of the Workshop.

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