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

National gun laws, Regional Cooperation

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has applauded a joint action plan developed by the Caribbean Community of States (CARICOM) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to combat the problem of organised transnational crime and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Haiti.

In this 10th anniversary year of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, and to mark the beginning of the African Women’s Decade, IANSA Women in East Africa called for stronger support and commitment from their governments.


On 1 July, Nancy Chaverri, a school Principal in San Jose (Costa Rica) was shot in the head by a 17 year old student with a gun taken from his home. Nancy died on 11 July.

Weapons collection and destruction

9 July is International Gun Destruction Day and this year it is being marked by governments, UN agencies and NGOs through gun destruction events and awareness raising programmes around the world.

Weapons collection and destruction

On 18 June, Nicaragua announced the successful completion of its humanitarian mine action programme.

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.