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

Representatives from the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) and the IANSA Public Health Network were active participants in a meeting on the World Health Organisation’s ‘Global Campaign for Violence Prevention’

Weapons collection and destruction

The Brazilian national football team is supporting the Brazilian Disarmament Network, a coalition of more than 70 organisations, in a campaign for voluntary disarmament.

Public health

On 6-7 September, nearly 300 experts on violence prevention from more than 60 countries met in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss progress on WHO's Global Campaign for Violence Prevention and the way ahead.

Armed violence and development

An article on the problem of gun violence in northern Kenya quotes the Kenyan Action Network on Small Arms (KANSA) calling for more decisive action from the government to tackle the problem.

Armed violence and development

The Small Arms Survey has begun a new research project, entitled the ‘India Armed Violence Assessment (IAVA)’.

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.