PSAAG was fortunate to collaborate with the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations who hosted a launch of our publication “Arms and Ammunition in Oceania” during the UN First Committee. Over 25 government officials, including from Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, UK, NZ, US, along with UNODA and UNRCPD, came to hear our wonderful Hannah Lewis, lead author of the publication, talk about the successes, lessons learnt and challenges to arms control and disarmament in the Pacific. Arms Control Manager, Laura Spano, also highlighted a number of recommendations to advance the UN PoA and ATT in the Pacific, identified during the above workshop in Vanuatu.
More importantly, the launch offered a space to hear from our Pacific colleagues on the daily challenges they face in implementing arms regulations. While significant process has been made and there is considerable political will to ratify the ATT and implement UN PoA, technical and resource challenges slow progress. The event turned into a great opportunity for donor countries and others to understand how we can work together to overcome these hurdles. Thank you again to Australia for hosting us!
On 4 November, the UN First Committee adopted the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution (UN L.54). 150 States voted in favour of the resolution, with zero opposed and 26 abstentions. Notably, from the Pacific, Kiribati and Palau voted in favour, having been absent last year