Implementing agency: United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD)
Project timeframe: 01/01/2015 – 31/03/2017
Target countries: Southeast Asia
Goal: To encourage increased awareness of the importance and the benefits of joining the ATT in the Asia and Pacific region where ratification and accession to the ATT lags behind in comparison to other regions of the world.
Activities and Outputs:
- Three workshops including a sub-regional workshop for Southeast Asian states, an intra-regional forum for discussion and a national workshop in Bangladesh provided an avenue for exchanging views and sharing experiences in preparing for the future implementations of the ATT. These workshops also fostered cooperation among States and provided expertise on the implementation of provisions of the PoA and the ATT.
- Through the workshops as well as various meetings, the Maldives and the Philippines specifically, have received tailored technical and legal reviews and recommendations on further strengthening their national capacities to implement the UN Programme of Action (PoA) on small arms and light weapons (SALW) and Bangladesh was provided expertise on the implementation of provisions of the PoA and the ATT through the organization of a national workshop.
- The participation of representatives of RAND Europe at the workshop also contributed to the elaboration of its publication “Towards a Universal Arms Trade Treaty – Understanding barriers and challenges in South-East Asia ” in the framework of RAND Europe’s own UNSCAR project. The outcomes of the study were presented jointly by UNRCPD and RAND Europe at a respective side event during the GA First Committee session in autumn 2016.