Small arms and light weapons control: Role of CSOs critical – The Patriotic Vanguard

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 (photo), in his opening address at the training said, “I urge all CSOs to be up to the task to combat illicit weapons and spread of small arms before, during and after the 2020 elections. This is to ensure that Ghana continues to be a peaceful country”.

Addressing the issue of the widespread of illicit arms and light weapons indeed requires partnerships with various actors including