Workshops to promote the Register

Workshops, meetings and symposia have been either organized by the UN Secretariat with the aim of encouraging participation by Member States in the Register. The first series of workshops and meetings was carried out in the early 1990s, covering the Asia-Pacific region, Eastern Europe, Central Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Over the past two years, the Department of Disarmament Affairs has been engaged in efforts to organize a new cycle of regional and subregional workshops, with the assistance of interested Governments, aimed at interacting with working level officials directly responsible for handling UN arms transparency instruments in their respective capitals. In this endeavour, DDA is working closely with the Governments of Canada, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.

So far, two subregional workshops have been held. One for West Africa in Accra, Ghana, in March 2002, and the other for Southern Africa in Windhoek, Namibia, in June 2002. The next workshop is under discussion for Latin America and the Caribbean, likely to be held in November 2002. Another subregional workshop for Asia-Pacific is under discussion for February 2003. A programme for follow up activities is also under discussion with the sponsoring Governments.

In addition to the new cycle of workshops, DDA in the past has collaborated with the Government of Japan in holding an ASEAN subregional arms transparency meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in February 2001. Similarly, at a meeting organized by the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific in Wellington, New Zealand, in March 2001, a session was devoted to the Register of Conventional Arms.