UNREC holds informational session on First Committee deliberations

The U.N. Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa hosted an informational session last week on the 68th U.N. General Assembly First Committee deliberations that took place in October.

UNREC, which is part of the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs, held the event at its headquarters in Lomé, Togo on December 13. The event included representatives from international agencies, embassies and Togolese governments officials.

During the session, UNREC presented the First Committee's work and the U.N.'s overall Peace and Security program. Leonardo Lara, the deputy director for UNREC and the political affairs officer, discussed the content of contributions UNREC made to the committee during its deliberations.

UNREC also briefed the attendees on the field office's past, present and future activities. Such activities include work on the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty, the Biological Weapons Convention and U.N. Security Council resolution 1540.

Lara praised African Member States for allowing the platform for UNREC to be involved in high level discussions on African peace and security, such as the U.N. Standing Advisory Committee for Security in Central Africa, the African-Union Regions Steering Committee on Small Arms and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration and multiple subregional organizations.

The session concluded with a question and answer session with contributions from the participants on hand.