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

The US, Russia and European countries have supplied large quantities of weapons to Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen since 2005, despite evidence that there was a substantial risk that they could be used to commit serious human rights violations.

Armed violence and development

On 23 September, the government of Burundi, in partnership with the National Commission on small arms, the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and IANSA members Colonie des Pioniers de Développement (CPD), launched a new National Action Plan on small arms in Bujumbura.

Stockpile management and security

The German Government is providing EUR 750,000 for specialist Libyan and international teams to locate, secure and destroy small arms and ammunition arsenals.

Armed violence and development

IANSA members in Liberia are campaigning for peaceful elections under the slogan “Ballots, not Bullets – Be the Peace!”.

Women, gender and guns

The Norwegian Defense University College (NODEFIC), in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR, is holding an International Training Seminar on ‘Gender Dimensions in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration’ on 23-29 October 2011 in Oslo, Norway.

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.