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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

On 1 March, Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed an Executive Order that creates a Steering Committee to implement the National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820.

Women, gender and guns

On Monday 8 March, IANSA Women around the world joined the celebrations to mark International Women's Day.

Women, gender and guns

Last week the United Nations appointed a group of civil society experts to advise on ways to better protect women in conflict situations and to ensure that their voices are heard in peace processes.

National gun laws

Thirteen people were killed when armed bandits attacked a village in southern Philippines last week, according to reports. An estimated 70 armed men carried out a dawn raid on the village of Tubigan, in Basilian province, 900 miles south of Manila, opening fire before setting houses alight.

National gun laws

A coalition including a survivor of the 1989 Polytechnique massacre has urged sympathetic MPs to band together to vote down a private member's bill which proposes the abolition of Canada's long-gun registry.

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.