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

International trade controls

In a new report, Amnesty International has expressed concerns about increased international supplies of weapons to Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

The new report “Implementation of the EU Common Position on the Control of Arms Brokering” looks at the provisions that Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Spain and UK have included in their legislations on the control of arms brokering in order to comply with the EU Common Position.

Weapons collection and destruction

104,782 guns and 747,000 rounds of ammunition were destroyed in Argentina in 2009.

Women, gender and guns

The Policy Brief 'Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Prolific Small Arms' examines the connection between guns and gender and discusses methodological challenges and priorities in gendered small-arms research, policy and advocacy. The Policy Brief is published by the United Nations University. More

International trade controls

Peace Week, focusing on Norway’s role as arms producer and exporter, will be held in Oslo from 1-7 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.