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

Policies to reduce gun violence led to saved 13,000 lives in Sao Paulo State (Brazil) between 2001 and 2007, according to a new study ‘Less Guns, Less Crimes’.

Weapons collection and destruction

Southern African police chiefs gathered in Johannesburg on 25-26 March to plan their activities for the year.

Women, gender and guns

The Philippines National Action Plan on Women, Peace & Security was officially launched on 25 March at Miriam College in Manila.

Women, gender and guns

647 Pakistani women were killed in the name of ‘honour’ in 2009 revealed a report by the autonomous Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Women, gender and guns

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) has been commonly interpreted as referring exclusively to women, peace & security in war and post-war zones.

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.