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      Briefing Papers 

Advocacy By Non-Governmental Organizations to Strengthen the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons 

Quick Guide to Small Arms Issues in “Securing Our Common Future" Secretary-General António Guterres' Agenda for Disarmament (English)

Quick Guide to Small Arms Issues in “Securing Our Common Future" Secretary-General António Guterres' Agenda for Disarmament (Spanish) 

This edition of Civil Society and Disarmament explores recent work by IANSA to counter the misuse, diversion, and illicit proliferation of small arms, light weapons, and their ammunition.

This Quick Guide provides a comprehensive summary of  small arms issues in the UN Secretary-General's disarmament agenda: "Securing Our Common Future". 

Esta Guía Rápida proporciona un resumen completo de los problemas de armas pequeñas en la agenda de desarme del Secretario General de la ONU: "Asegurando nuestro futuro común".

Quick Guide to Small Arms Issues in “Securing Our Common Future" Secretary-General António Guterres' Agenda for Disarmament (French)

Quick Guide to the Results of the Third Review Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons

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Ce Guide Rapide fournit un résumé complet des questions relatives aux armes légères dans l'agenda du désarmement du Secrétaire Général de l'ONU: "Assurer notre avenir commun".

This quick guide provides an overview of key outcomes of the third Review Conference on the Programme of Action to Reduce, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). It includes suggested follow-up actions, primarily focused on analysts, activists, and diplomats.

A Call to Action by Civil Society On Gender and Small Arms Control 

A call for thorough inclusion of gender perspectives in SALW control policies, programmes and activities in all settings and at all levels.

A Call to Action by Civil Society On Gender and Small Arms Control - French

The Programme of Action on Small Arms: Incomplete without the Inclusion of Ammunition

Surplus and Illegal Small Arms, Light Weapons and their Ammunition: the consequences of failing to dispose and safely destroy them

Un appel pour une plus grande inclusion des perspectives de genre dans les politiques de contrôle des ALPC, ainsi que des programmes et activités dans toute les configurations et à tous niveaux.

Ammunition is explicitly included in key UN agreements, but not in the UN Programme of Action on small arms.  Why is its inclusion so necessary? This 2017 paper answers this question.

A 2017 report with case studies of the failures by countries in different regions around the world to  properly dispose of and destroy excess small arms and light weapons (SALW), and the consequences of these failures.

The Program of Action, the Arms Trade Treaty, and the UN Register of Conventional Arms: Seeking Synergy and Overcoming Challenges

This  2016 paper addresses the core challenges related to conventional weapons and suggests areas of potential synergy among these instruments.

Summary of the outcome of the Third Review Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons 

This document highlights the main outcomes of the United Nations conference held in June 2018 to review action to prevent the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons. The thematic summaries in this document makes it easier for officials and other stakeholders to quickly pinpoint the key commitments made at the conference by the participating States. The outcomes are summarized and organized by topic, and include references to the paragraphs in the official conference report.

Summary of the outcome of the Third Review Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (Spanish)

Este documento destaca los principales resultados de la conferencia de las Naciones Unidas celebrada en junio de 2018 para revisar las medidas para prevenir el tráfico ilícito de armas pequeñas y ligeras. Los resúmenes temáticos en este documento facilitan a los funcionarios y otras partes interesadas identificar rápidamente los compromisos clave asumidos en la conferencia por los Estados participantes. Los resultados se resumen y organizan por tema e incluyen referencias a los párrafos en el informe oficial de la conferencia.

References to women, girls and gender in UN small arms process documents

This  chart documents  references to women, girls, and gender in the fifth and sixth Biennial Meeting of States outcome documents, the second Review Conference, and the UN Programme of Action on small arms  (between 2001-16). 

Preventing Crimes and Violent Deaths Involving Small Arms and Light Weapons

Illicit Flows of Small Arms and Light Weapons and Sustainable Development

Global Overview of the Small Arms Problem

This 2017 paper outlines the scale and types of crime perpetrated with SALW, and calls for measures to be developed to improve relevant data and to more fully implement the PoA. 

This 2017 paper illustrates how  illicit flows of SALW undermine sustainable development, and link to SDG 16.4, the UN PoA, the ITI, and the Firearms Protocol. 

This 2017 paper provides a global overview of the problems associated with SALW, and how their illicit trafficking significantly undermines peace, security, and development. 

Gaps in Women’s Participation and Representation in the Small Arms and Light Weapons Process

Six key issues for the 2018 Review Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons

This 2017 paper identifies gaps in women's participation in the Small Arms Process and provides specific recommendations for improvement. 

This 2018 paper outlines 6 key issues associated with the illicit trade in SALW that need greater attention in the UN small arms process.

Gender, Armed Violence, and SALW: Women's Involvement in the UN Small Arms Process

3D Printed Firearms: A history of their creation, distribution, and efforts at restriction

Implementation of the UN Programme of Action (PoA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons: Civil Society Advocacy Guide

This  2017 paper examines the impacts of gun violence on women and the evolving attitudes of women's participation in the UN small arms process.

This 2017 briefing paper gives an overview of issues related to 3D printed firearms.

This Civil Society Advocacy Guide is designed to assist NGOs and community organisations working at the grassroots to help make our world a safer and more prosperous place for all.