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

CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Oxfam France and Amnesty International France have issued a joint press release calling for more transparency about arms transfers

A new issue of the ‘SSANSA Quarterly’, a magazine by the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA), is now available.

Women, gender and guns

On 25 October, IANSA, the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons, and the Regional Disarmament Branch, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (RDB-UNODA) co-hosted the seminar “Why controlling small arms matters to women”.

UN Small Arms Process

El décimo aniversario del Programa de Acción (PoA) de la ONU fue celebrado en un evento en Nueva York el 24 de octubre de 2011.

UN Small Arms Process

Civil society organisations addressed the UN General Assembly First Committee on 25 October. Michele Poliacof of IANSA commended the positive impact of the PoA in the last 10 years

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.