Quarterly Newsletter April 2011 UN REGIONAL CENTRE FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC UNRCPD Activities ARMED VIOLENCE REDUCTION A

UNRCPD

Quarterly Newsletter

April 2011

UN REGIONAL CENTRE FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT

IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

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UNRCPD Activities

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ARMED VIOLENCE REDUCTION AND PREVENTION
UNRCPD in collaboration with UNDP, the Geneva Declaration Secretariat and the Government of Switzerland organized a Regional Best and Promising Practices Seminar for South and Southeast Asia on Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention. Officially opened by Hon. Barsaman Pun, Minister for Peace and Reconstruction of Nepal, the seminar addressed the intersection of armed violence and development. With the support of regional and international experts, participants from governments, international and regional organizations and civil society identified a catalogue of best and promising practices on armed violence reduction and prevention. The seminar took place in Kathmandu from 16 to 18 March. Click here for more information.

SMALL ARMS
The Nepal Working Group on Small Arms and other portable lethal Weapons (SAplW) held its regular meeting on 24 February 2011 to discuss monitoring and analysis of SAplW related development and activities in the country. Click here for more information.

ARMS TRADE TREATY
From 28 February to 4 March 2011, the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty held a substantive session examining the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. Click here for more information.

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Other Regional Highlights

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NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS 1325 AND 1820
As the first country in South Asia, the Government of Nepal endorsed the National Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security. Only the Philippines in Asia, and 23 countries worldwide have adopted a National Action Plan so far. “The adoption of the action plan demonstrates the political commitment and high priority of the Government of Nepal to issues related to women, peace and security”, says Nepal’s Permanent Mission to the UN in its official statement. Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Events

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UN DISARMAMENT CONFERENCE ON ACTIONS TOWARD A NUCLEAR WEAPON-FREE WORLD
The Twenty-Third United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues will be held in Matsumoto, Japan, from 27 to 29 July 2011. Under the theme of “Urgent and United Action Toward A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World”, the conference will discuss current critical issues of disarmament and security, such as the role of the civil society; implementation of the 2010 NPT Review Conference Action Plan; nuclear disarmament measures after the New START; the Conference on Disarmament and prospect for the negotiation on a Fissile-Material Cut-Off Treaty as well as the pressing challenges to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Hosted by the Government of Japan and the City of Matsumoto, the Conference is organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific. Click here for more information on previous UN Disarmament Conferences in Japan.

TRAINING COURSE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY IN KATHMANDU, NEPAL (tbc)
UNRPCD will launch a national Inter-Institutional Training Course (IITC) to Combat Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in Asia and the Pacific in Kathmandu, Nepal from 20 to 24 June (tbc). Benefitting about 30 Nepali mid-level police officers, this one-week course is aimed at strengthening the capacity and expertise of law enforcement agencies in Nepal in preventing and combating the illicit trade in firearms.

SMALL ARMS
The Nepal Working Group on Small Arms and other portable lethal Weapons (SAplW) will hold its regular meeting in May 2011 to discuss law enforcement and legal reform related to SAplW in the country.

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THE GENEVA DECLARATION 2ND MINISTERIAL REVIEW CONFERENCE
Under the motto: “Moving forward: less armed violence, more development, by 2015”, the 2nd Ministerial Review Conference of the Geneva Declaration will focus on sharing the wealth of experience that participants have gained in tackling the scourge of armed violence. The Review Conference will be held in Geneva on 31 October and 1 November 2011. UNRCPD and the Geneva Declaration Website will provide updated information from April on.

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Contact Information:
UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific
Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh (KSK) Building 1, 3rd Floor
UN House, Pulchowk
P.O. Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal
Telephone: +977-1-5010257
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