Work areas

The problem of small arms proliferation is multidimensional– that is why such a broad array of organisations around the world are so concerned about it. On this page you will find the latest news and resources on some of the hot topics for groups working against small arms and light weapons.

Latest news

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) of Costa Rica has initiated a petition demanding an embargo on the shipment of weapons to Latin America and the declaration of Latin America as an arms-free zone.

Marking and tracing

CASAC is calling for Consultants to strengthen systems for exchange of information between national and regional institutions, improving firearms registration in Central America and building the technological capacity for data analysis.

The Nigerian section of West African Action Network on Small Arms has expressed concern about the government’s recent inauguration of a national task force in response to the proliferation of small arms in Nigeria.

Regional Cooperation

The West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) participated in the regional seminar “Towards strengthening the role of Parliaments in crisis prevention and recovery in West Africa” in Accra, Ghana, on 28-29 June.

Women, gender and guns

19 men from 17 countries in Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe participated in a training of trainers (ToT) on ‘Gender-Sensitive Active Non-Violence Training: Exploring Masculinities, Violence and Peacebuilding’ in Manila, Philippines from 1-16 July.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.
UN Small Arms Process

Representatives of civil society spoke in the afternoon plenary session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 Review Conference (RevCon) on 21 March 2012.

This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

International trade controls

The report presents (Part I and Part II) a series of cases - from the 1980s to present - that illustrate and document the continuous involvement of aviation companies in the business of war, namely in the arms supply chains and also in covert operations, all of which have often resulted in consequent severe violations of human rights, from Nicaragua to Armenia, from D.R. Congo to Afghanistan and Rwanda.

UN Small Arms Process

The purpose of the PrepCom is to lay the groundwork for the RevCon, 27 August – 7 September 2012. The PrepCom is expected to produce a draft agenda for the RevCon i.e. which solutions to the problem of gun violence are open for discussion.