Regional Seminar on Gun Violence and Illicit Small Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective

Start Date: Mar 4 2020
End Date: Mar 6 2020
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meeting Hosted By: The Government of Nepal
Meeting Supported By: European Union as part of Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/2011 of 17 December 2018

UNRCPD organized a regional seminar on “Gun Violence and Illicit Small Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective” in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 4-6 March 2020. The seminar invited Members of Parliament (MPs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from 17 States of Southeast Asia, South Asia and the Pacific, as well as international experts and UN officials engaged in arms control and gender issues. The seminar concluded the efforts of three preceding sub-regional workshops organized in the framework of UNRCPD’s programme on Women, Peace and Security, the purpose of which is to strengthen and promote women’s participation in the field of preventing and combating illegal flows of small arms and light weapons (SALW), their misuse and gun violence.  Participants will discuss a Compendium with outcomes of the sub-regional workshops in order to consolidate inputs, findings and lessons learned. It will serve as a guiding manual for future planning at the national and regional level. The seminar also served to raise awareness on the practical application of key international arms control instruments, such as the Arms Trade Treaty and the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, and their linkage with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

For more information please contact Yuriy Kryvonos, UNRCPD Director, at

*** Video Montage of the Seminar is now available by clicking here***