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Last month we shared our hopes for the Arms Trade Treaty with you. While disappointingly the UN negotiations ended without an agreement, there were encouraging signs with over 90 states calling for a treaty as soon as possible. Now that the dust has started to settle, Saferworld’s Roy Isbister and Elizabeth Kirkham take some time out to reflect on what happened and what it all means.
In February 2011, Nepal was the first country to launch a National Action Plan on women, peace and security in South Asia. We talk with Joint Secretary Sadhuram Sapkota of Nepal’s Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) on what progress has been made and what challenges remain – not least in getting men involved in making the plan a reality.
Li Baodong, chairs a UN Security Council’s meeting on tSudan. June 2012 © JC Mcilwaine/UN Photo
In late July, ministers at the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) agreed a new action plan for the three years ahead, with a stronger focus on peace and security issues than in the past. The new plan demonstrates changing perceptions in China on the link between economic co-operation and politics, says Thomas Wheeler.
© Karen Wykurz
In five villages where Kyrgyz, Tajiks and Uzbeks live in intertwined communities, Saferworld and partners are bringing communities together to improve their security. Take a look at our new photo gallery, Building trust in Central Asia.