Small arms and light weapons control: Role of CSOs critical – GhanaWeb

Regional News of Saturday, 10 October 2020

Source: UNDP

Some CSOs have been trained to support control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons Some CSOs have been trained to support control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons

The promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies is a requisite for sustainable development, and this requires great efforts on all fronts including control over arms flows and crimes, as highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16. However, the widespread of small arms and light weapons constitutes one of the major security challenges facing many countries particularly in Africa, which if not controlled, can inhibit the attainment of the SDGs.

To contribute to efforts to address the challenges posed by the spread of illicit arms and weapons, the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons, with funding from the German Federal Foreign Office, and support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is training Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Ghana at a 3-day workshop in Ho. The aim is to equip and build the capacity of CSOs on emerging trends on small arms and light weapons to enhance their advocacy abilities to complement actions by state institutions to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

Mr. Jones B. Applerh, Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons,
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