Nigeria: West African countries gather in Nigeria to discuss ATT

On April 26-27, representatives of civil society and the Control Arms coalition met with 15 member states from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria. Discussions focused on strengthening the ECOWAS common position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) ahead of the final ATT negotiations in July.

Baffour Amoa of the IANSA International Advisory Council (IAC) and the West African Action Network on Small Arm (WAANSA), said, “The meeting provided a unique opportunity for ECOWAS Member States to update their knowledge on the state of play at the UN ATT Preparatory Committees and to strategise for the upcoming Diplomatic Conference in July. All the 15 States are now committed to adequately prepare and gear up for the July conference”.