Since the adoption of the ATT, 130 governments, including eight from the Pacific, have signed the Treaty. Yet, of the 78 that have gone on to ratify or accede to the ATT, only 4 are Pacific Island States.
This is just one reason why PSAAG recently launched a Guide for Pacific Governments to assist Pacific Island States to take the crucial next step to ratify or accede to the ATT as soon as possible.
The PSAAG Guide for Pacific Governments:
- Offers support to States as they adopt and implement the ATT across our region
- Provides a background to the impact of armed violence in the Pacific
- Outlines the United Nations frameworks – the ATT & UN PoA – and their importance for Pacific States
- Demonstrates the synergies of these frameworks with Pacific & national security sectors
- Highlights gaps in current Pacific legislation & provides recommendations to fill these gaps
While Pacific Island States are not major importers or exporters of arms, recent history has shown that even a small number of illicit firearms in small nations can have a disproportionately harmful impact on peace, stability and public health. As other regions adopt strong common standards, inactivity in the Pacific could create a gap in the global system, making our sprawling region more attractive as a base or transit route for irresponsible and illicit arms deals.