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

Women, gender and guns

The latest IANSA Women’s Network bulletin is now available. This edition includes a special focus on the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and articles on a conference on women’s perspectives on disarmament in Turkey

Armed violence and development

“Sweet Norwegian Deals” is a new campaign by the Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) which highlights how Norwegian export policy, particularly on arms and ammunition, is contributing to poverty and under-development.

The French TV channel Arte recently dedicated their weekly programme ‘Le Blogeur’ to the theme “Pan t’es mort!“ ("Bang, you’re dead!"), focusing on arms trafficking, gun culture, gun laws and gun violence in Europe and beyond.

International trade controls

On 25 January, Mexico joined the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies, becoming the 41st state participant in the agreement.

International trade controls

An analysis of Dutch arms exports in 2010, compiled by Campagne tegen Wapenhandel (Campaign Against Arms Trade), is now available in English. It provides details of transfers with a special focus on the arms trade with the Middle East and North Africa.

Latest resources

IANSA member APP presented its new book “International Arms Transfers Control” on 3 June at a Mercosur government meeting in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

International trade controls

According to the SIPRI Yearbook 2010 the volume of international transfers of major conventional weapons continued to increase in the last five years.

International trade controls

Two research reports on arms brokering have been presented by the Flemish Peace Institute.

This report explores the links between small arms control and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action, the principle international standards for aid effectiveness.

Stockpile management and security

A timeline covering major accidents at munitions depots from 1997 to 2009 around the world has been published by the US government.