Advocacy is a key component of our engagement with communities, local and national governments. This allows team members to partner with likeminded individuals and organisations on a range of socio-economic, cultural and political issues. Including those related to the protection of individual human rights, particularly the right to liberty and security and freedom from fear.
Participated in 3rd Regional Preparatory Negotiations Workshop on the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) as a member of CDRAV with over 40 diplomats, representatives of government, and CARICOM IMPACS held in Kingstown, under the auspices of the Governments of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Australia. The meeting in Kingstown allowed CARICOM member states to reach consensus on negotiation positions and strategies leading up to the Diplomatic Conference that took place in New York in July 2012 to negotiate a global Arms Treaty.
P4PD encouraged the Guyana mission In New York and Foreign Service in Georgetown to provide a statement to Third Preparatory Committee Meeting (PrepCom) on the Arms Trade Treaty commences at the United Nations, New York. The focus of the Third PrepCom was largely on implementation of the global Arms Trade Treaty.
Caribbean Coalition for Development and Reduction in Armed Violence in collaboration with the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACs) and Project Ploughshares hosted a Firearms Legislation Roundtable event on April 18-19, 2011 at the Almond Bay Conference Centre in Barbados. As a member and national advocate of the coalition P4PD attended this meeting of CARICOM foreign officers.
Second Regional Workshop on the Negotiations for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Port of Spain Trinidad. The Workshop, which was jointly hosted, by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Government of Australia and the CDRAV from 31st January to 1st February 2011 was attended by CARICOM representatives, state officials from both capital and UN missions, as well as representatives of Civil Society Organizations including P4PD.
P4PD held public forum held at the National Library on the 13th October 2010 to present findings and recommendations of a three-year long study conducted by P4PD team. The research highlighted the social challenges resulting from the misuse of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in Guyana. There was a safe public space for discussion and all major media houses were in attendance. It encouraged all stakeholders to have discourse on the subject matter to find simple solutions that would work and are sustainable. In the broader sense the aim of the forum was to provide recommendations for collective action against the growing trend of proliferation and misuse of arms in the country.
As a member of CDRAV, a representative from P4PD attended the Preparatory Regional Workshop on Negotiations for Arms Trade Treaty in Port of Spain, Trinidad July 5-6, 2010 to decide on a regional strategy for CARICOM at the UN PrepCom II.