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

Violent attacks against humanitarian workers have tripled over the past decade, resulting in more than 100 deaths annually, according to a recent report by the UN

National gun laws, Public health

A pediatrician from Florida explains why she is opposed to a new law banning doctors in the state from asking patients questions about gun ownership in an article published in the New York Times.

Women, gender and guns

The latest report from The Institute of Bangsamoro Studies and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue deals with the complexity of armed groups and violence in Mindanao, the Philippines.

Weapons collection and destruction

A new report by IANSA member IKV Pax Christi and the Netherlands Institute of International Relations - Clingendael evaluate the successes and shortcomings of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration programmes in Colombia.

Weapons collection and destruction

A Disarmament Week took place from 8-13 August in the M’Boi Mirim area of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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.