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    The proliferation and misuse of small arms continue to threaten the security of people and nations in West Africa. Small arms are the main weapons used in armed robberies, drug trafficking, local wars, terrorism, violation of human rights, etc. This situation leads to serious physical and psychological wounds to large sections of the population, displacement and breaking of families and communities, the collapse of economies and the destruction of the…

 
GHANA NATIONAL STAKEHOLDERS RETREAT ON REGIONAL INTEGRATION E-mail

Further to the inaugural National Retreat on Regional Integration held in March 2012, the ECOWAS National Unit, under the ambit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, organised the 2nd National Retreat on Regional Integration in Ghana from 28 to 30 June 2013.

The purpose of the 2nd National Retreat was to assess the outcome and follow-up action taken on decisions at the end of the inaugural session, strategize and project for the midyear (mid-2013) to 2014, and also discuss Ghana’s position in improving on the coordination and collaboration between the public, private and non-state actors.

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ECOWAS CONVENTION ON SMALL ARMS & GHANAIAN LAW E-mail

The ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapon (SALW), Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials was ratified by Ghana in March 2010. Since the ratification by the Ghanaian Parliament, little has been done in realising the full spirit and the letter of the Convention. The ratification committed Ghana to fight against the proliferation of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons.
For Ghana to fulfil its obligation effectively as far as the Convention is concerned, the necessary legislative and administrative conditions needed to be presented or improved. In that light, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Ghana (FES-GHANA) in cooperation with the Ghanaian National Commission on Small Arms (GNACSA) conducted a comparative study of Ghana’s Small Arms Legislations and the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons in 2012.

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THE ARMS TRADE TREATY (ATT) FINAL NEGOTIATIONS E-mail

WAANSA has been part of the civil society campaign promoting the negotiation of a robust, comprehensive, legally-binding treaty to establish standards and restrictions on the international trade in conventional arms.
The July 2012 Diplomatic Conference (DipCon) for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was intended as the concluding part of the UN ATT process, which formally began in 2006. After a month of detailed negotiations, a draft treaty text was presented on the penultimate day of the DipCon.  Despite the desire for most states to see the treaty concluded, on the final day, the United States asked for “more time” to consider the text, effectively blocking any prospect of a consensus outcome.

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