UN REGIONAL CENTRE FOR PEACE AND DISARMAMENT
IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
GENDER AND DISARMAMENT
To celebrate the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, UNRCPD organized a capacity-building workshop, in Kathmandu, Nepal on 24 May, on the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security as stated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. Representatives of NGOs and UN agencies participated in the workshop. They discussed the crucial role played by women in mine risks education activities in Nepal as well as the need to involve women’s organizations in efforts to address illicit small arms related challenges and other disarmament issues. A summary report can be downloaded from UNRCPD's website.
CASA IN THE FIELD
To implement the concept of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) mechanism in the field, the UNRCPD works in cooperation with UNICEF and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in assisting Nepal in a coordinated manner to response to the challenges of illicit small arms and other portable lethal weapons (SAplW). On 22 July, they initiated the establishment of a working group on preventing and reducing the illegal use of small arms and other portable lethal weapons in Nepal. The working group will serve, among others things, as a forum to coordinate actions related to SAplW, to initiate SAplW mitigation activities and to support the development of a national strategy on SAplW in Nepal. The working group on small arms and other portable lethal weapons will be open to representatives from the Government of Nepal, civil society organizations and United Nations entities. Click here for more information.
The UNRCPD is engaging in collaboration efforts with Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, to promote disarmament education in schools and universities. On 22 June, the director of the UNRCPD addressed graduate students of the Conflict, Peace and Development programme of the university on the issue of nuclear disarmament. The UNRCPD is also assisting the university to develop a curriculum on disarmament that will be used by the university in 2011.
LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING, ARMED VIOLENCE REDUCTION/PREVENTION, AND STRENGTHENING MEDIA’S ROLE IN PROMOTING DISARMAMENT
The UNRCPD has developed three new projects:
1) Training the Trainers for Law Enforcement Community in Asia and the Pacific to Combat Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons
2) Enhancing Public Security and Stability in Asia and the Pacific through Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention;
3) Training for Strengthening the Capacity of the Media in Advocating and Promoting Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific.
The UNRCPD is looking for financial resources as well as partners among Member States and civil society organizations for the implementation of the above mentioned projects throughout the Asia Pacific region.
The Twenty-Second United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues will be held in Saitama, Japan, from 25 to 27 August 2010. The Conference is organized by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs through the UNRCPD in close cooperation with the Government of Japan and the City of Saitama. Under the title of “A Nuclear Weapon-Free World: Making Steady Progress from Vision to Action”, the Conference will address the outcome of the 2010 NPT Review Conference and its implementation, concrete steps toward a nuclear weapon-free world, as well as peace and disarmament education. Approximately 60 representatives from Governments, think tanks, international and non-governmental organizations, as well as the media will participate in the Conference. The Conference is open to the public as a way to raise public awareness of and support for disarmament and non-proliferation efforts.
The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) is pleased to announce the availability in electronic format of the UNODA Occasional Paper No. 19 Cyberwarfare and its Impact on Interational Security. The Paper features among others presentations made at the fifty-first session of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters held from 18 to 20 February 2009 in New York. Click here to download the Paper.
China presented its ratification instrument of the Protocol V on Explosive Remnants of War to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) tto the United Nations on 10 June. China’s ratification was adopted by the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress on 29 April 2010.
Delegations of Member States from the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand presented their respective views on the implementation of UN PoA on illicit trade of small arms and light weapons at the 4th Biennial Meeting of States (BMS4), which took place in New York from 14 to 18 June 2010. Statements are available on the official BMS4 website.
Turkmenistan hosted an international conference on "Issues of Disarmament in Central Asian region and Caspian littoral states" in Ashgabat on 24 June 2010. The United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Sergio Duarte delivered statements at the conference, for details of his statements, please see UNODA’s website.
Lao People's Democratic Republic will host the First Meeting of States Parties to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) from 8 to 12 November 2010. The Convention was adopted in Dublin by 107 states on 30 May 2008 and opened for signature on 3 December the same year. The Convention will enter into force on 1 August 2010.
A sub-regional workshop on nnational implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) for the Pacific Islands States was held in Nadi, Fiji from 5 to 7 July 2010. The workshop was organized by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat.
UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific
Karmachari Sanchaya Kosh (KSK) Building 1, 3rd Floor
UN House, Pulchowk
P.O. Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal