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April 2014

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Welcome to the April issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or direct to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk 

Keeping up the pressure on arms transfers

Yesterday, exactly one year after the pioneering Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by the UN General Assembly, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK joined 13 other states in ratifying the treaty at the United Nations in New York. This brings the total number of states that have ratified to ’31 and counting – more than half the 50 needed for the Treaty to enter into force.

This is positive news but it is crucial that EU Member States lead by example in being transparent on their arms transfers. They can advance the ATT's real implementation through their own reporting practice, and by providing support to ATT States Parties from other regions that are also looking to produce comprehensive and timely reports.

Saferworld's EU arms transfer transparency website brings together all arms transfer reports submitted by EU countries, allowing you to compare and track transparency. We list the 151 ‘minimum elements for effective reporting’, and then set out for each EU Member State how many and which of those elements they report against.  It identifies how many states report on each element, and allows users to quickly compare the transparency of reporting across the EU.

Read the comment piece EU reporting on arms transfers: calling for great transparency

Read the news item on the ATT ratifications.

A peace perspective from the Commission on the Status of Women

The Agreed Conclusions of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in New York last month included strong references to the links between gender, peace and development.

Zarina Khan reflects on what this means for gender and peace in the post-2015 development framework, and how the CSW will help to set the scene for future negotiations.

Read the blog here.

Read Gender equality and peace: a shared post-2015 agenda.

Africa and post-2015

Following the Communique of Ndjamena released on 28 February, the Common African Position (CAP) on post-2015 now includes a pillar on 'peace and security'. While this is promising for the inclusion of peace within the post-2015 development framework a number of important questions remain.

Richard Smith of ACTION Support Centre and Sunil Suri of Saferworld reflect on the evolution of the CAP and the future engagement of African countries within the post-2015 framework. Continued dialogue is needed to deepen ownership of the CAP in Africa and address any concerns and misperceptions about what the inclusion of peace within the post-2015 framework will mean in reality.

Read The Common African Position on post-2015: implications for peacebuilding.

Read an Open letter to Members of the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals: Effective targets to promote sustainable peace.

Find out more about our work on post-2015.

Improving community security in Nepal

“Our community security project has really helped improve relationships between the local authority, the police, and our community." Majiulla, coordinator,  community security working group, Mahammadpur, Nepal.

View our interactive gallery to find out how we are working  to improve community safety in four districts of Nepal including a personal perspective and slideshow.


 China ATT update

In the sixth issue of the ATT Update, co-published by Saferworld and the School of Political Science at Tongji University, Dr Zhang Chun and Dr Wu Chunsi from the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies (SIIS) explore the next steps for China and the Arms Trade Treaty.

Read the China ATT update Issue 6.

Rising powers and post-2015

South Africa

Last month Saferworld in partnership with ACTION for Conflict Transformation hosted a workshop on 'South Africa, peace and the post-2015 agenda'. Over 100 participants met to discuss the post-2015 agenda and to identify what their priorities are. Issues like encouraging participation, greater access to information and more concerted strategies to address crime and violence were highlighted.

Watch a video overview of the event here.


In this new blog by Robert Muggah and Eduarda Hamann from Saferworld's Brazilian partner the Igarape Institute explore Brazil's valuable experience – domestically and overseas – of how to tackle insecurity.

Read Dispatch to Brazil: give peace a chance in the post-2015 development agenda.

Read more about our work on rising powers and post-2015.



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