Fostering Gender-Responsive Small Arms Control: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region on the UN PoA and the ATT

Virtual Event
15 February 2024
Fostering Gender-Responsive Small Arms Control: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region on the UN PoA and the ATT

The UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) held a virtual event focusing on gender-responsive implementation of key arms control instruments: the United Nations (UN) Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in the Asia Pacific Region.

Ahead of the 4th Review Conference of the UN PoA and the 10th Conference of State Parties to the ATT, this discussion provided an opportunity to hear from experts about the latest research and trends on gender-responsive arms control. The event also served as a forum for sharing best practices from the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as ideas for action to sustain momentum and ensure that gender-related topics remain a priority in multilateral arms control discussions.

This event was part of UNRCPD’s regional project in support of the UN PoA funded by the European Union, as well as of UNIDIR’S 2024 Regional Briefing Series on Gender in the UN PoA and ATT. It was open to government officials, diplomats, civil society organizations and experts from the Asia-Pacific Region.

*This event was held in English


A recording of this event is available on our YouTube Channel, and below.


Welcome Remarks:

  • Deepayan Basu Ray, Director of UNRCPD

Expert Presentations:

  • Ida Scarpino, Political Affairs Officer, UNRCPD
  • Hana Salama, Researcher, Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR

Panel Discussion:

  • Ms. Athikarn Bell Dilogwathana, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Thailand to Geneva 
  • Mr. Christopher Asa, Director General, Social Policy & Governance Department, Papua New Guinea
  • Mr. Pedro li Soria, Senior Adviser, Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime, The Philippines 
  • Maj Apaiksha Uppal, Armament Training Officer, India
  • Ms. Purna Shova Chitrakar, Coordinator, Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal 

Moderated by Dr. Renata Hessmann Dalaqua, Head of the Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR


15 February 2024, 9:00 to 10:45 CET / 13:45 to 15:30 NPT, Online

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