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The United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA) and its International Tracing Instrument(ITI) remain the global framework for coordinated efforts to combat the scourge of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.

From 18 to 29 of June 2018, States will come together in New York for the Third Review Conference (RevCon3) to review progress made in the implementation of the PoA and its ITI.

In preparation for the Conference, and in support of African States reaching the best possible conference outcome, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), and with the financial support of the European Union, is organizing a series of regional preparatory meetings for African States. 

The preparatory meetings will take place in Lomé, Togo. Participants from West and Central Africa will meet on 10-11 April 2018, followed by the meeting for East and Southern Africa on 12 -13 April 2018.

The preparatory meetings will bring together government representatives and members of national small arms commissions, as well as representatives from sub-regional and regional organizations and civil society.

Discussions will focus on the preparations for the upcoming RevCon3, and participants are expected to address a wide range of issues, including stockpile management, weapons marking, record-keeping, tracing, collection and destruction, border controls, assistance and cooperation, as well ammunition and the challenges and opportunities of new technologies that arise in the effort to counteract the illicit arms trade.

For more information, please contact: The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Tel : (+228) 22 53 50 00
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