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

Armed violence and development

In Brazil, a group of ten young researchers conducted a survey in M'Boi Mirim in São Paulo exploring perceptions and attitudes on security, gun control and voluntary disarmament in the area.

Armed violence and development

The latest issue of the Journal URVIO of the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) is devoted to the topic of firearms.<--break-> It was edited by Alejandra Otamendi and includes articles on arms trafficking in Colombia, the implementation of the Disarmament Statute in Brazil, and trafficking of illicit guns and ammunition in Guatemala and the Central American region.

International trade controls

Arms sales from China and Russia are fuelling serious human rights violations in Darfur according to Amnesty International (AI). A new briefing paper documents arms flows to the region, including significant volumes of Chinese made ammunition for small arms

International trade controls

The French group CCFD-Terre Solidaire has released the report “Trapped development: arms transfers and development in Chad (2005-2010)”. It illustrates the negative impact of unregulated arms transfers on development, focusing on the case of Chad.

Weapons collection and destruction

In Jamaica, about 4,000 guns and half a tonne of ammunition have been destroyed in two events organised by the government with support from the UN Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC).

Latest resources

National gun laws

The latest DAKS newsletter is now available.

International trade controls

On 30 June in Geneva, Switzerland UNIDIR hosted a panel discussion on illicit brokering with experts Anne Charlotte Wetterwik, Kathleen van Heuverswyn, Brian Johnson Thomas and Brian Wood.

Women, gender and guns

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the July 2010 Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.

National gun laws, Regional Cooperation

IANSA members in West Africa are keeping track of states’ implementation of the ECOWAS convention on their websites.

UN Small Arms Process

Governments met in June 2010 to review implementation of the UN Programme of Action on small arms.