After prolonged advocacy in which PSAAG was involved, three Pacific countries (Samoa, Australia and New Zealand) ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York. This brought the Pacific’s total to three treaty ratifications and eight treaty signatures. Later this year, after being adopted by 154 member states, signed by 130, and ratified by 61, the ATT entered into force on 24 December. As a member of IANSA and Control Arms campaigns, PSAAG was part of this effort from the beginning. Also in New York, PSAAG members joined delegations to the UN small arms Programme of Action Biennial Meeting of States, successfully advocating for gender-based violence to be given a greater focus.
At the Royal New Zealand Police College, group members James Laki and Philip Alpers were accredited as trainers for the UN International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) Assessment Tool. In Canberra, PSAAG’s Submission to the 2015 Defence White Paper provided input on Australia’s strategic policy approach and objectives for the Australian Defence Force military strategy. PSAAG also launched its report Arms, Gender and Security in the Pacific for distribution to governments, researchers, civil society groups and other stakeholders across the region.
Elsewhere in the Pacific, PSAAG members represented the Pacific at the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development Regional Review Conference in Manila. At a regional workshop hosted by PSAAG in Suva, members from around the Pacific prepared arms control programmes with civil society groups, key governments and international and regional organisations. These include the Pacific Islands Forum, the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the United Nations Development Program.