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The joint project to support the implementation of the Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their ammunition and all Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly, known as the Kinshasa Convention, was launched by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)..

It was in N'Djamena, Chad, 7December, 2018, on the sidelines of the 47th ministerial meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC).

The launching ceremony was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ECCAS, UNREC and UNOCA.

On behalf of their respective institutions, MM. Ahmad Allam-mi (Secretary General of ECCAS), François Louncény Fall (SRSG in Central Africa) and Anselme N. Yabouri (Director of UNREC) have thus formally committed to undertake joint actions and support initiatives aimed at "To prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit manufacture, excessive and destabilizing accumulation, illicit trafficking, possession and use of SALW".

Entered into force on March 8, 2017, the Kinshasa Convention remains an ideal framework to address the multidimensional threat of the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, as well as an effective instrument to facilitate the achievement of the objectives of the Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU), which calls for "all arms to be silenced" by 2020. In the same spirit, it is an essential basis for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). , in particular Goal 16, which underlines the need to "significantly reduce illicit financial flows and arms trafficking" by 2030.

At the end of this project, it is hoped that the 4 remaining States namely Burundi, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo will have ratified the Convention, more than 300 copies of the Implementation Guide will be distributed, the States without National Commissions and National Action Plans will have complied with the provisions of the Convention, and that the legislative frameworks of the 11 States will be harmonized in accordance with international standards and guidelines for the control of weapons and ammunition.

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