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The Global Women of Faith Network of IANSA member Religions for Peace have launched a series of seminars on “Religion, Women and Peacebuilding” on 6 December 2011.

On 13 September 2011, the IANSA Women’s Network participated in a Special Briefing for Missions of UN Member States preparing for the First Committee of the UN General Assembly: Disarmament and International Security.

On 20 June, to mark the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, the Albanian Assistance for Integration and Development (ALB-AID) held a press conference in Tirana, Albania.

Civil society organizations addressed First Committee on 25 October.

20 million people from 140 countries have signed a petition calling on all governments to stop the proliferation and misuse of conventional weapons, and reallocate 10% of their military budgets to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

The latest edition of 'New Route: A journal of Peace Research and Action' is available.

A new website has been launched where people are encouraged to become virtual citizens of Costa Rica, a country with no army.

The Global Youth Network of Religions for Peace is advancing a United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution that asks member states to cut military spending by 10% and redirect those funds toward achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Fifty religious leaders form the African Great Lakes region met in Kigali (Rwanda) on 23-24 March and pledged to play a leading role in peacebuilding, reconciliation and disarmament.

This publication, launched by Religions for Peace in April 2010, provides basic information and definitions of small arms, as well as looking at connections to other issues such as development,health and gender.

The Youth Network of Religions For Peace pledged at a seminar in Buenos Aires to collect 50 million signatures worldwide calling for governments to reduce military expenditure by 10% and stop firearms proliferation, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals in 2015.