The Government of the Philippines and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, jointly organized a workshop on capacity-building for the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, to be held in Manila, 25-26 November.
The workshop aims at assisting and enhancing the capacity of the national agencies to effectively implement the United Nations Programme of Action. Adopted in 2001, the Programme of Action has proven a useful tool to counter the illicit trafficking in small arms and light
Laura Spano, the Arms Control Manager of the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction and Secretariat of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) was invited to present on how national legislation and regulations for effective small arms and light weapons control could be strengthened. PSAAG was delighted to be invited and learn more about the strengthens and challenges of the arms control system of our neighbours.
A cadre of up to 40 Government officials gathered with international experts and the Centre’s representatives and shared best practices on technical and legal issues relating to small arms and light weapons control, and discussed ways towards the development of a National Action Plan for small arms and light weapons control.