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ISS Seminar in Pretoria: reducing the human cost of poorly regulated arms transfers

29-03-2012 Event

United Nations Member States have been discussing the adoption of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) since 2006. In July this year, States will meet in New York at a diplomatic conference to negotiate a legally binding treaty that will establish common international standards for the transfer of conventional weapons. One of the objectives of such a treaty should be to reduce the human cost associated with the poorly regulated global trade in conventional weapons. In order to achieve this, the ATT will need to cover a broad scope of weapons and activities, and include strong criteria for the authorization of transfers.

Event Info

Where: Pretoria, South Africa

When: 03.04.2012

ISS Seminar in Pretoria: reducing the human cost of poorly regulated arms transfers - an African contribution towards a strong Arms Trade Treaty

Hosted by the Transnational Threats and International Crime Division of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the ICRC

This seminar takes place on the eve of the International Day for Mine Awareness – a day that calls for increased awareness of the suffering caused by mines and other explosive remnants of war – as a reminder of the harm that the proliferation of arms and ammunition can cause. Experts from the ISS, the International Committee of the Red Cross, civil society as well as the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation will speak on the humanitarian consequences of a poorly regulated arms trade, various elements of the proposed treaty, and the role of African Governments, including South Africa, in the upcoming negotiations.


  • Ms Sarah Swart (International Committee of the Red Cross)
    "How to ensure a humanitarian Arms Trade Treaty"
  • Mr Johann Kellerman (Department of International Relations and Cooperation)
    "Prospects for a strong Arms Trade Treaty: a South African perspective”
  • Mr Guy Lamb (Institute for Security Studies)
    “The ATT and the need for African leadership: A critical assessment of African participation in the ATT processes”
  • Mr Joseph Dube (International Action Network on Small Arms)
    "A civil society perspective of the ATT in Africa"

Please note: All ISS Events occur under the ISS Rules, which means no attribution without specific permission, unless indicated otherwise.



10h00 (Registration - tea and coffee)

10h30 (Seminar starts)

12h30 (Seminar ends followed by a light lunch)

Event venue:
Block C
Brooklyn Court
361 Veale Street
New Muckleneuk

Parking in Brooklyn Mall & ABSA court for a fee


E-mail: Ms Agar Ngwenya 

General enquiries & media:

E-mail: Ms Gugu Dube

ICRC media enquiries, e-mail: Ms Otae Mkandawire