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

Weapons collection and destruction

Cuba has declared a two-month amnesty for the registration of unlicensed guns, in which applicants will have to pass aptitude tests in order to keep their weapons. The "exceptional and one-time only" process began on 12 February 2010.

Weapons collection and destruction

Pastoralists in northern Kenya have called for protection, amid fears that a government-enforced disarmament programme will lead to violence. A 70-day amnesty to surrender illegal weapons has expired.

Weapons collection and destruction

The Uganda National Focal Point (NFP) on small arms and light weapons has destroyed ammunition at Bukasa, Bweyogerere, as part of an ongoing programme which has eliminated 66,000 firearms in the last three years.

Weapons collection and destruction

500 nightclubs and cafés in Holland will be fitted with vaults where visitors can drop off their illegal weapons and drugs anonymously.

International trade controls

62 organisations from 47 countries attended an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) campaign meeting in Vienna (Austria), 10-11 February 2010.

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.