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

Survivors, Women, gender and guns

Binalakshmi Nepram of the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) and Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) has been awarded the annual Real Heroes Prize

Public health

Stray bullets killed or injured at least 317 people in the US between March 2008 and February 2009, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Border controls

In Ghana, the West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP) has issued a security alert after 56 foreign nationals carrying significant amounts of arms and ammunition have been arrested near the Ivorian border.

Marking and tracing

Police in the Bahamas have confiscated 212 illegal guns over the first six months of this year, bringing the total number of illegal firearms seized in the last 5 years up to 1,423.

Weapons collection and destruction

The UN peacekeeping mission in Côte d’Ivoire has begun to collect small arms handed in voluntarily by militiamen in the Yopougon suburb outside Abidjan.

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.