The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) and the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) will organize in collaboration with the Government of Equatorial Guinea, a Sub-Regional Legal Assistance Workshop for State Parties to the Central African Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition, Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair or Assembly”, also known as Kinshasa Convention, from 25 to 27 September 2019, in Malabo (Republic of Equatorial Guinea).
After the workshop held in Yaounde (Republic of Cameroon) from April 24 to 26, 2019, which had put the focus of exchanges on the problem of the proliferation and illicit trafficking of SALW and their ammunition, as well as the efforts made by the Member States and the ECCAS Secretariat for the effective implementation of the Kinshasa Convention, this three (3) days workshop will focus not only on the legal obligations of States Parties to the Kinshasa Convention on small arms, but also on best practices to update national arms control legislative frameworks.
This workshop is an integral part of the project intitled: « Supporting African States towards the Vision of “Silencing the Guns in Africa by 2020”: Capacity-Building in Central Africa », launched on 7 December 2018 in N'Djamena, on the margins of the 47th Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee on Security Questions in Central Africa (UNSAC).
The Kinshasa Convention was adopted unanimously on April 30, 2010 in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo), pursuant to the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). This subregional instrument for the regulation and fight against illicit trade and trafficking of SALW, entered into force on 8 March 2017. Of the eleven (11) signatory States, seven (7) ratified the Convention, namely Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe and Chad. The National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) voted on November 23, 2018, the law for the ratification of the Convention. In Equatorial Guinea, the parliament has given the authority to the executive to ratify the Convention.
For more information, please contact:
United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, PO Box : 2705, Lome, TOGO, Phone: (+228) 225 350 00, E-mail:
Economic Community of Central African States, PO Box : 2112, Libreville, GABON, Phone : (+241) 01 44 47 31, E-mail :
United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, PO Box : 23773 Libreville, Gabon, United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, PO Box : 23773 Libreville, Gabon, Phone. +(241) 01 44 47 16, E-mail :