UNIDIR in partnership with the African Union Commission is organizing a Regional Weapons and Ammunition Management Lessons Learned Seminar aimed at enhancing knowledge and facilitating dialogue among States, regional organizations, the United Nations and expert NGOs on good practices and lessons learned in managing weapons and ammunition in Africa. Building on the findings from UNIDIR's multi-year baseline assessments in Africa, the seminar will provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on improving approaches to WAM, including UNIDIR's WAM baseline methodology, and explore ways to better utilize assessment findings to strengthen cooperation and assistance among States and relevant partners, with the view of advancing effective WAM practices in Africa. This seminar is being organized in support of the 2017 African Union Roadmap for Silencing the Guns and the 2018 United Nations Secretary-General's Agenda for Disarmament.
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday 6 May and Thursday 7 May 2020, at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
PARTICIPANTS: Target participants include national representatives with technical expertise and operational mandate in conventional weapons and ammunition management issues, especially representatives from National Commissions on Small and Light Weapons (NATCOM). UNIDIR also invites participation of regional and sub-regional organizations in Africa with technical and policy oversight on conventional weapons and ammunition management, as well as representatives from United Nations entities, international organizations and expert NGOs specialized in this field.
RSVP: This event is strictly by invitation. Target participants will be contacted and requested to complete required registration formalities.