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

In South Sudan, more than 2,000 guns have been collected as part of a disarmament campaign in Jonglei state, led by the national army. According to army officials, 3,000 soldiers have been stationed in the state to support the disarmament process

International trade controls

According to statistics released by private security firm Grupo Multisistema de Seguridad Industrial, in accordance with those of the National Center for Criminal Investigation, in the last 10 years illegal possession of high powered firearms has increased by 1000% in Mexico.

Stockpile management and security

Over 200 people were killed and at least 1,500 people were injured by explosions at an ammunition depot in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 3 March.

Women, gender and guns

On International Women's Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada and a wide range of organisations promoting women's safety continue their fight for the national long gun registry.

Women, gender and guns

On this day, let us all take a moment to congratulate ourselves for our collective achievements and successes during the last 12 months. It is you – incredible IANSA women – that make the IANSA Women’s Network such a strong, diverse and dynamic network.

Latest resources

UN Small Arms Process

Every October, governments attend the First Committee of the UN General Assembly, which proposes and adopts resolutions on disarmament and international security. Reaching Critical Will publish a newsletter explaining the significance of the discussions, including any discussions on small arms.

International trade controls

The Control Arms Campaign for a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has produced a number of resources since it was launched in 2003.

International trade controls

National and international regulations on arms transporters are often inadequate to prevent abuses. Information on the website of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Armed violence and development

The Geneva Declaration is an ongoing process between UN Members States, UN agencies and civil society seeking to reduce the impact of armed violence on sustainable development. The website includes data, case studies and other resources.

The UN Development Program has a variety of projects aiming to prevent armed violence from undermining poverty reduction.