Fostering Gender-Responsive Arms Control: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region on the UN PoA and the ATT

Start Date: Feb 15 2024
Time: 13:45-15:30 NPT
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Location: Online via Zoom
Meeting Hosted By: UNRCPD, UNIDIR
Meeting Supported By: the European Union


The Online Regional Briefing on “Fostering Gender-Responsive Arms Control: Perspectives from the Asia-Pacific Region on the UN PoA and the ATT” seeks to promote dialogue on a gender responsive small arms control and amplify the efforts initiated by the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) over the past years.

Recognition of the mutually beneficial relationship between small arms control and gender equality is growing conceptually. This acknowledgment is embedded in key frameworks such as the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA) and its International Tracing Instrument (ITI), and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, as well as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also emphasize these interlinkages.

Ahead of the 4th Review Conference of the PoA and the 10th Conference of State Parties to the ATT, this discussion will provide an opportunity to reflect on these efforts and hear from experts about the latest research and trends on gender-responsive arms control. The event will also serve as forum for sharing best practices from the Asia-Pacific Region, as well as ideas for action to sustain momentum and ensure that gender related topics remain a priority in multilateral arms control discussions.

This event is part of UNRCPD’s regional project in support of the UN PoA funded by the European Union, as well as of UNIDIR’S 2024 Regional Briefing Series on Gender in the UN PoA and ATT.

Target Audience:

This event is open to government officials, diplomats, civil society organizations and experts from the Asia-Pacific Region.


  • Welcome Remarks:
    • Deepayan Basu Ray, Director of UNRCPD
  • Expert Presentations:
    • Ida Scarpino, Political Affairs Officer, UNRCPD
    • Hana Salama, Researcher, Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Mr. Pedro li Soria, Senior Adviser, Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime, The Government of the Philippines
    • Ms. Purna Shova Chitrakar, Coordinator, Ban Landmines Campaign Nepal

Moderated by Dr. Renata Hessmann Dalaqua, Head of the Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR


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