On February 27, civil society organizations and member states from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss the coming Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Final Diplomatic Conference in March. At the meeting, ECOWAS member states agreed to push for an ATT that strongly support international humanitarian law, human rights, sustainable development and gender consideration. The 15 member states also agreed to coordinate with other regions with similar interests in order to secure as strong an ATT as possible. Another outcome from the meeting was the creation of an ‘Ideal Team’ and the agreement to take advantage of the ATT Legal Response Network. This network of international lawyers provides pro-bono legal support to states and civil society on issues relating to the ATT. This meeting was organized by The West Africa Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) – Nigeria.

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