Arms picAfter depositing the ATT instrument of ratification at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on June 18, 2018, Cameroon has become the 96th State Party to the ATT in the world. This may arouse curiosity around the invisible hand that has been able to successfully gear the country to this level of the process. Evidently, the Civil Society has a lot to do with such progress.


Led by the Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP) since 2005, Civil Society advocacy for the ATT ratification process has been greatly felt through meetings and workshops organized all over the country with experts from some Ministries, Members of Parliament, journalists and media practitioners. This explains her convening of the 2016 capacity building workshop among others, which brought about talks for the creation of a Commission for the management and control of arms in Cameroon. There was equally, the capacity building workshop organized in Mbalmayo from April 24-25, 2018 in collaboration with the Ministry of External Relations, the Swiss Foreign Ministry and the ATT Virtual Trust Fund aimed at fast tracking the domestication and implementation of the ATT in Cameroon. CAMYOSFOP has equally produced a Manual on the Domestication of the ATT in Cameroon; which presents the ATT and the processes involved to arrive at its ratification and implementation. Speaking at the fourth Conference of State Parties to the ATT from August 20-24, 2018 in Tokyo, Mr. Eugine Ngalim, Executive Director of the CAMYOSFOP buttressed on the relentless efforts of the civil society in: “Since 2013, when the ATT was adopted, we have done a lot in mobilizing the government of Cameroon to signing and ratifying the ATT in Cameroon…”

Crowned at the level of the continent by the Economic Cultural and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the African Union the Civil Society awaits the ratification of the ATT in Cameroon with an unwavering determination to advocate and create awareness wherever and whenever necessary, on the ATT.
Angeline Wulba


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