Campaigns

On this page you will find information and news about IANSA Campaigns. Scroll down for a calendar of upcoming events.

UN Small Arms Process

On 7th November, members States of United Nations at the 67th session of UN General Assembly First committee, voted the Resolution L11 on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York at UN Headquarter. 157 voted in favour, 18 abstentions and Zero vote against. The Resolution mandates Conference on ATT to be held in March 2013. The ATT Resolution was initiated by a group of co-authors including Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Kenya and United Kingdom.

The 67th Session of the GA’s First Committee will begin on Monday 8th October at the UN Secretariat in New York.

IANSA is pleased that the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action (UNPoA) managed to reaffirm States’ commitments to address the illicit trade of small arms and light weapons (SALW).

 

IANSA has a presence at UN Headquarters these two weeks to ensure that civil society is strong and visible at the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA), taking place from the 27th August to 7th September.
 
The summaries below provide some highlights of the work of the Review Conference.
 

IANSA's presence at the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) was launched as three members, Jasmine Nario-Galace (Director, Center for Peace Education, Philippines), Hector Guerra (Network Coordinator, IANSA, Mexico), and Marie-Thérèse Ngandji (Executive Director, Caritas, Gabon) delivered speeches addressing IANSA's review of PoA Implementation so far, and hopes for further progress in the future.

Transcripts of the three speeches are available below.

Disarm Domestic Violence

An International campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women is under way.

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

Nearly 60% of women murdered in Argentina from 1997 to 2010 were killed with a gun, according to IANSA member Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP).

On International Women's Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada and a wide range of organisations promoting women's safety continue their fight for the national long gun registry.

IANSA Women all over the world are celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, highlighting the campaign Disarm Domestic Violence, and calling for the inclusion of references to gender based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.

The Arms Trade Treaty

A brand new IANSA briefing paper gives an overview of the differences between the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

From 26-30 September, member states of the African Union are meeting in Lomé, Togo to consider a draft SALW control strategy, and elaborate an African Common Position on the ATT for the negotiating conference in 2012.

From the International Day of Peace on 21 September until 2 October, activists across Belgium including IANSA members Pax Christi Vlaanderen will mark Belgian National Peace Week.

Guns made in Brazil have been sold to former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and other leaders that have used armed violence to repress their population

The Control Arms campaign has launched the "Dozen Days of Action for a Robust Arms Trade Treaty" (ATT), an interfaith campaign running from 21 September until 2 October.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

“Forming coalitions to say no to gun violence: what is everyone’s role?” was the topic of discussion at a conference organised by REBAL-BUANSA and the Permanent National Commission against the proliferation of SALW (CNAP) in Burundi on 17 June.

The Benin national section of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) engaged with students, politicians and journalists to ensure the widest possible coverage of the week.

On 18 June, Save Youth Future Association held a workshop and theatre show about gun violence for 50 vulnerable young people in Gaza, Palestine.

On the final day of the week, Permanent Peace Movement organised training on the dangers of having a gun in the home.

In Sudan, Upper Hand Organisation held a community workshop to raise awareness about the harmful effects of armed violence, domestic violence and the mental health of people who are victims of armed criminal violence.

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