Representatives from the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC), and the Regional Office of the United Nations for Central Africa (UNOCA), met recently in Libreville, Gabon, to set out the basis for collaboration with respect to the implementation of the “support for African states in vision and the silencing of arms in Africa for 2020” project.
The meeting was attended by Francois Lounceny Fall, Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the Regional Office of the United Nations for Central Africa (ONUCA), who recalled that CEEAC member countries had adopted the Central Africa Convention for the control of small arms, ammunition, and all parts and components that may be used for their manufacture, repair and assembly, known as the “Kinshasa Convention”.
The convention came into force on 8th March 2017. However, ha stressed that “its implementation and full ratification must be promoted by the CEEAC States”.
For his part, the CEEAC General Secretary thanked UNOCA for facilitating the meeting, while also thanking UNREC; a United Nations specialist agency in the matter of small arms control, for having considered CEEAC for joint activities in Central Africa.
Regarding the Kinshasa Convention, the CEEAC General Secretary was given, among other things, the mission of coordination and monitoring of its implementation at a regional level, while he also listed actions taken by CEEAC, such as preparations for the execution plan (2019-2023) for providing full technical support covering the various areas regulated by the Kinshasa Convention, and support for States in aspects regarding the raising of awareness of remaining Member States aimed at ratification, and other pertinent legal instruments regarding arms control.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office