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

From the International Day of Peace on 21 September until 2 October, activists across Belgium including IANSA members Pax Christi Vlaanderen will mark Belgian National Peace Week.

Women, gender and guns

An article by IANSA woman Shobha Gautam of the Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON) and National Women Security Watch (NWS) focuses on the impact of small arms on gender in Nepal.

International trade controls

Guns made in Brazil have been sold to former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and other leaders that have used armed violence to repress their population

Regional Cooperation

On 12-13 September, civil society representatives and officials met for the ‘Fourth meeting of the Southern Cone on the control of illicit trafficking and transfers of firearms’ in Santiago, Chile.

International trade controls

The Control Arms campaign has launched the "Dozen Days of Action for a Robust Arms Trade Treaty" (ATT), an interfaith campaign running from 21 September until 2 October.

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.