Cote d’Ivoire: Visit to the Presidency to discuss the Week of Action and the ATT

The President of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) and Co-Chair of the IANSA International Advisory Committee, Baffour Amoa, was received by the Presidency of Cote d'Ivoire, where he took the opportunity to bring attention to the Week of Action and request Cote d’Ivoire's support for a strong and robust ATT during the Diplomatic Conference in July. Visiting Cote d’Ivoire from 10-15 June, the President of WAANSA also called on civil society to join the movement against gun violence and the proliferation of small arms. He stated,  "As civil society organisations around the world celebrate the Global Week of Action from 11-17 June 2012 across towns and cities, and engage against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, the international community and governments around the world will do well to take note and make resources available for this fight without which world peace and security, let alone development, will continue to decline. The time to act is now!" He will hold a press conference on 14 June and will pay courtesy calls on the Ministry of Security, Defence and Foreign Affairs.