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BWC 2023 Regional workshop in Northern Africa, in Rabat,Morocco

From 13 to 15 June 2023, UNREC participated (presentations and panel discussions) in the 
Regional Workshop on “Universalization and Effective Implementation of the Biological 
Weapons Convention (BWC) in Northern Africa”, in Rabat, Morocco.


On 30 and 31 May 2023, UNREC took part in the panel discussions on the 3rd Virtual 
African Regional Workshop on Strengthening Nuclear Security in Africa: Implementing the 
A/CPPNM for a Safer Future”, organized by the African Center for Science and International
Security (AFRICSIS).

From 24 to 26 May 2023, UNREC took an active part in the preparations and deliberations of
the Regional Workshop on “Universalization and Effective Implementation of the Biological 
Weapons Convention (BWC) in Central Africa”, organized by the Geneva-based BWC 
Support Unit in Douala, Cameroon. 

On 23 May 2023, UNREC participated virtually in the Fourth Meeting of the AU-Regions 
Standing Committee on SALW and DDR. UNREC Reported on its most recent activities for the 
past semester marked by increased interaction and cooperation with African Regional 
organization including the African Union.

On 22 May, UNREC participated virtually in the WFP regional workshop for Benin, Cote 
d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo on Stock taking of Gulf of Guinea preparedness and investment 
plans. UNREC shared expert’s insights on traffic of illicit weapons and goods including dual 
use goods by violent extremists and transnational criminals and recommendations for UN 

From 15 to 19 May 2023, UNREC took part at the 55th Session of the United Nations Standing 
Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC) technical then 
Ministerial Meetings in São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe. 

From 9 to 20 May 2023, UNREC’s Director was on ground in Addis Ababa to prepare and 
participated in High Representative’s working visit to the African Union where she met AU Commission’s 
Chair Moussa Faki Mahamat and AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security 
(PAPS), on 16 and 17 May 2023. ODA and the AU reviewed existing collaboration and agreed 
to expand it to further advance peace, arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament in 
Africa, in support to the AU’s initiative to ‘Silencing the Guns’. The High Rep also met with
the leadership of the UN presence and diplomats and heads of internationals organizations 
working with the AU on how best to advance the partnership with the AU on disarmament.