Statement from IANSA Chair for the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

2017 is set to be one of the most important years in our history as we seek to strengthen international efforts to reduce the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. We are preparing for 2018 when the next major meeting of the United Nations small arms process--RevCon3 (also known as the Third Review Conference on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects)--will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Our aim this year is to persuade governments to do more on this topic when they gather at the United Nations in June 2018 for RevCon3. We also want to generate more media coverage and deepen international understanding of the problem of gun violence and how to prevent it.

The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence is a campaign launched by IANSA in 2003. Each year, our members organize activities for the Global Week of Action including press conferences with government officials and parliamentarians, seminars, media interviews, marches, concerts, sports matches, publications, children’s activities, and events to engage young people.

This year’s Global Week of Action will be June 5-12, with the theme “The Road to Development and Peace Begins With Silencing the Guns,” and we are grateful to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations and UNSCAR for supporting our aims. 

To assist in the advocacy efforts of IANSA members during the Week of Action, we have prepared key briefing papers that can be found in a folder titled "Briefing Papers" here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3L4DWS-50KbSVp2N0tuZ1VjNVE. You are encouraged to make copies to hand over to your government officials, parliamentarians, journalists and NGO partners to stimulate discussion of national positions on key issues as States prepare for RevCon3.

IANSA appeals to its global network of civil society organisations and development partners to participate actively in the week and make it a success.

Sincerely, 

Baffour Amoa, Chair

IANSA International Advisory Council