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

UN Small Arms Process

From 19-23 March 2012, UN member states are meeting at UN headquarters for a preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the Second Review Conference of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons In All Its Aspects.

Children and armed violence

The US-based artist Mike McNeilly Street has created a series of street art murals to highlight the risk of unsafe gun storage to children. In a press release, he highlighted statistics from the national Center for Disease Control

International trade controls

Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) has developed a new website application that aims to make it easier to view data on arms export licences from the UK.

Marking and tracing

In Accra, Ghana, personnel from across the security sector including the armed forces, police and the National Commission on Small Arms, were trained in firearms marking and record keeping from 7-9 March.

Weapons collection and destruction

A gun amnesty in Puerto Rico has removed more than 400 firearms and over 30,000 rounds of ammunition from circulation since it began in February 2012.

Latest resources

Regional Cooperation

This UN regional centre covers Asia and the Pacific, and works to assist countries implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, as well as other disarmament initiatives. More

Regional Cooperation

This UN regional centre covers Asia and the Pacific, and works to assist countries implementing the UN Programme of Action on small arms, as well as other disarmament initiatives. More

Regional Cooperation

UNLiREC is the UN regional centre for disarmament in Latin America and the Caribbean. More

Women, gender and guns

The IANSA Women's Network is the only international network focused on the connections between gender, women’s rights, small arms and armed violence.

This non-binding agreement was adopted as part of the UN small arms process in 2005. It establishes minimum standards for the marking, tracing and recordkeeping of guns.