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

The East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) participated in a regional expert workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2-3 February.

Norwegian Church Aid has launched a new campaign for better controls on Norwegian exports of arms and ammunition.

The East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA) participated in a regional experts workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 2-3 February.

From 6 to 11 February, IANSA members will participate in the World Social Forum 2011 to highlight the issue of small arms and armed violence.

An article by Hanna L. Wright of Saferworld urging the UK to play a full part in the Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

Across DR Congo IANSA members are focusing on media engagement. Femmes des Médias pour la Justice au Congo (FMJC) have published press releases in three national newspapers about their activities, organised with support from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Country Office.

The Permanent Peace Movement of Lebanon gave training sessions about small arms control to 15 students aged 15-17 and three teachers from schools in Jbeil and Iklim el Kharoub.

Cultural Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi", IANSA member in Georgia, gave leaflets, posters and advice to women’s support centres in Kutaisi, Tskhaltubo, Khoni, Poti and Khurcha.

Hundreds of students attended a lecture organised by the Control Arms Foundation of India, held by Professor of Sociology Ms. Elizabeth Imti on the proliferation of guns & gun violence and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Mokokchung Nagaland, Northeastern India.

APHR has opened an online petition calling on the Parliament of Sri Lanka to amend national gun laws in compliance with the UN Firearms Protocol and the UN Programme of Action on small arms to help prevent gun violence and the proliferation of illegal guns.

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