Parliamentarians meet in Samoa

APIA – Legislators from across the Pacific region met in Samoa for the very first time for the Regional Pacific Island States Parliamentary Workshop last week.

Held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, the meeting was to advocate for Improved Compliance with the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) as well as promoting more effective participation by Women Parliamentarians in Defence, Security and Interior Committees.

The key focus was to discuss and develop a Plan of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons in all its aspects.

A crucial part of that is understanding the threat that the trading of SALW poses to the security, stability, sustainable development and general economic welfare of all regions worldwide as well as future challenges that the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons poses in the Pacific region.

SAMOA OBSERVER

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