PSAAG and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (‘MSG’) recently co-hosted a successful 2 day workshopin Vanuatu on advancing the ATT and PoA in Melanesia. The workshop, made possible with funds from UNSCAR, was well attended, with over 20 government and military officials, customs officers and police from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. There were also 6 CSO representatives present.
The workshop aimed at understanding the current gaps and challenges faced in implementing arms control frameworks in the region. Facilitated by PSAAG, ICRC, Oxfam NZ, the Melanesian Peace Foundation and the Samoan Attorney-General’s office, the agenda covered everything from how to integrate the UN PoA and ATT into current regional security frameworks, the legal and technical requirements of the ATT, to the reporting requirements of both frameworks.
Various tools were featured throughout the workshop, including PSAAG’s latest implementation guide, introducing ISACS, as well as the Model Legislation commissioned by the government of New Zealand, and the ATT Baseline Survey. An Outcome Document was adopted by MSG Sub-Committee on Legal and Institutional Issues outlining recommendations for steps forward.