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

EU Member States issued export licences for small arms to Libya at a total value of almost €100 million in 2009, according to the new report ‘Lessons from MENA – Appraising EU transfer of military and security equipment to the Middle East and North Africa’.

Weapons collection and destruction

In Brazil, IANSA member Instituto Sou da Paz teamed up with religious leaders in São Paulo for a campaign to promote civilian disarmament from 22–30 October.

Stockpile management and security

From August to October 2011, there were 8 explosions at munitions sites in Russia, Denmark, China, Croatia, Serbia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, killing at least 18 and injuring 33 people.

International trade controls

The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has launched a new website tracking the global arms trade based on reports to the UN Register of Conventional Arms.

Women, gender and guns

The IANSA Women's Network and IANSA member Saferworld, as members of the Gender Action for Peace and Security UK (GAPS), have submitted their input to a new UK National Action Plan (NAP) on women, peace and security for 2011.

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.