The Small Arms Unit of the Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS).
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Established on May 28 1975 via the treaty of Lagos, ECOWAS is a 15-member regional group with a mandate of promoting economic integration in all fields of activity of the constituting countries.
Member countries making up ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’ Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.
Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre(KAIPTC), Accra, Ghana
The KAIPTC is one of three institutions designated by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a regional Centre of Excellence for the delivery of training and research in the areas of conflict prevention, management and peacebuilding. The KAIPTC has to date offered over 230 courses in diverse aspects of peace support operations for over 11,000 military, police and civilian personnel.
United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). NY, USA
UNODA was established in January 1998 as the Department for Disarmament Affairs which was part of the Secretary-General’s programme for reform in accordance with his report to the General Assembly (A/51/950). It was originally established in 1982 upon the recommendation of the General Assembly’s second special session on disarmament (SSOD II). In 1992, its name was changed to Centre for Disarmament Affairs, under the Department of Political Affairs. At the end of 1997, it was renamed Department for Disarmament Affairs and in 2007, it became the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) GENEVA.
UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. Established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Programme and the Centre for International Crime Prevention, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices. UNODC relies on voluntary contributions, mainly from Governments, for 90 per cent of its budget.
The Country Office of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Nigeria
UNDP has been in Nigeria since the country became independent in 1960 providing capacity building and policy development support to the Federal Government of Nigeria in areas of Governance & Peace Building, Inclusive growth and Sustainable Development.
UNDP continues to support, the government in the preparation of the second National Implementation Plan of the National Vision 20:2020.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Established in 1863, the ICRC operates worldwide, helping people affected by conflict and armed violence and promoting the laws that protect victims of war. An independent and neutral organization, its mandate stems essentially from the Geneva Conventions of 1949. We are based in Geneva, Switzerland, and employ some 14,500 people in more than 80 countries. The ICRC is funded mainly by voluntary donations from governments and from national Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), based in Togo
UNREC is the only UN regional entity specialized in disarmament and non-proliferation in the African region. Its main function is to provide technical assistance in the facilitation of instruments and commitments of Member States in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation, at national, sub-regional and regional levels.
The Small Arms Survey, Geneva, Switzerland
The Small Arms Survey is a global centre of excellence whose mandate is to generate evidence-based, impartial, and policy-relevant knowledge on all aspects of small arms and armed violence. It is the principal international source of expertise, information, and analysis, and acts as a resource for governments, policy-makers, researchers, and civil society. It is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Fredriech Ebert Stiftung Foundation, Bonn, Germany
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy dating back to its foundation in 1925. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President.
West Africa Action Network on Small Arms
WAANSA, founded in 2002 , is a regional body of civil society organisations working in the area of peace and security across the 15 ECOWAS member States.