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

Control Arms has announced that their ‘Speak Out’ campaign will be launched during the week of 21 November.

Regional Cooperation

The Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) Council of Ministers (COM) met in Djibouti on 17 and 18 October to discuss the proliferation of small arms in the Great Lakes Region and Horn of Africa.

Children and armed violence

In Senegal, IANSA member MALAO is launching the second phase of the educational project “Children peacemakers” in the Casamance region, where an armed conflict has been on going for the past 30 years.

Children and armed violence

Around 20,600 children are injured by a gun every year in the US, and more than 8,360 die as a result of their injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

International trade controls

The Al Jazeera programme ‘Arms trade: Business before human rights?’ presents the findings of a new report by Amnesty International’s on arms sales to the Middle East and North Africa.

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.