Tuesday, 22 November 2016 15:02

Participation at the General Assembly of the Forum on small arms and light weapons

closing-1024On the invitation of the Secretary General, Hon. Vincent de Paul EMAH ETOUNDI will take part in the General Assembly of the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PF-SALW) to hold from 22nd to the 23rd October 2016 in Montevideo, Uruguay on the theme: “Small Arms and Light Weapons in light of the Agenda 2030 – Parliamentary Action for Peaceful & Inclusive Societies”.This forum is a plateform that brings together more than 200 parliamentarians from at least 80 countries in Africa, in Europe, Latin America and the Middle-East. Its mission is to support parliamentarians in their work on small arms and the advancement of the small arms agenda.

The General Assembly represents an opportunity for the lawmakers to give their point of view and exchange their experiences on relevant issues such as international peace and security.

It is worth mentioning apart from these discussions, one of the important points on the agenda of this general assembly is the election of the new Board for the period 2016-2018which is in charge of the strategic, organizational and financial development of the organization.

Participating in such international activities is an occasion for Hon.EMAH ETOUNDIto present the activities he has carried in the prevention and reduction of small arms and light weapons related violence, the challenges as well as the opportunities. The world is faced with growing insecurity due to the proliferation and misuse of SALW and this situation requires the implication of each and everyone.

As a member of parliament,he contributes to this fight through lobbying and advocacy activities on the necessity to put in place an administrative, legal and repressive framework for the control of the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. These actions have led for example to the ratification of the Kinshasa Convention and will bear fruits in the upcoming days with the adoption and the implementation of the Law on weapons and munitions regime in Cameroon.

However, much is still to be done and the battle will continue for the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the creation of a National Commission on Small Arms and light weapons and the adoption of a National Action Plan National Action Plan (NAP) for the coordination and the implementation of Resolution 1325 in order to increase the participation of women in institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict.

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