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

Weapons collection and destruction

The Attorney General in Venezuela has announced plans to design a protocol for the destruction of seized firearms.

National gun laws

The cities of Chicago in the US, and Toronto in Canada are almost equal in population size yet there are seven times more gun homicides in Chicago with an average of 450 per year in comparison to less than 60 in Toronto.

Women, gender and guns

IANSA supporter Kvinna til Kvinna Foundation is inviting applicants from Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Georgia, Liberia and South Sudan to training on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

National gun laws

Physicians in Canada spoke out in defence of the national gun registry this week, arguing that it is an important tool for preventing suicide.

Women, gender and guns

We are delighted that IANSA woman Ms Leymah Gbowee of WIPSEN-Africa has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf of Liberia and and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.

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.