Australia: Pacific states meet to develop common position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

From 29 February – 2 March, Pacific states are meeting for a Regional Small Arms and Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Workshop in Brisbane, Australia. Organised by the Australian Government, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Oxfam Australia with support from AusAID, discussions are focusing on developing a regional common position on the ATT, as well as ways to bolster implementation of the UN Programme of Action on small arms in the region. Participants include professionals from national police forces, customs, defence and foreign affairs agencies, as well as and civil society organisations. IANSA members Helen Hakena, Chair of the PNG SALW Women’s Working Committee and Ema Tagikcakibau of the Pacific Foundation for the Advancement of Women are participating to highlight the need for a strong position which includes small arms and ammunition and references to gender based violence. A joint press release from Oxfam Australia and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat is available here.