Ghana National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons (GNACSA)

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The Ghana National Commission on Small Arms [GNACSA] is a Commission established by an Act of Parliament [Act 736 of 2007] to fulfill the requirements of the ECOWAS Moratorium on the Importation, Exportation and Manufacture of Small Arms and Light weapons, now the ECOWAS convention on Small Arms and Light weapons, their Ammunition and other Related Materials . It was also expected to work towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action (UNPoA) to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects as well as the ECOWAS Small Arms Control Programme [ECOSAP]. Significantly, however, the Commission, which started as a Task Force in 1998, was created because Ghana does believe in preventive action, vigilance and maintaining her integrity as a peaceful country.

The birth of the Commission was made possible, to a large extent, by the United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], the Ministry of the Interior and related civil society organizations. The Department for International Development [DFID], United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] and the Government of Ghana have continuously provided financial and logistic support to the Commission in its programmes and activities since its birth.