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

The South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms (SSANSA)organised a roundtable discussion on the ATT. Participants discussed the ATT Chairman’s Draft Paper and put forth various comments, which will be handed over to the South Sudan delegation that will go to the ATT Diplomatic Conference. During the meeting, eight religious leaders signed the Faith-based Declaration on the ATT.

The Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection (IIPDEP), IANSA member in India, and Nav Bharat Nirman Sangh- Hyderabad undertook a range of activities for the Global Week of Action. A seminar was held in Hyderabad, South India, which was attended by many political leaders, intellectuals, youth and policy makers. Participants deliberated on how to curb the menace of SALW and urged the Government of India to take leadership in the ATT Diplomatic Conference.

SLANSA, IANSA member in Sierra Leone, and the Sierra Leone National Commission on Small Arms (SLeNCSA) held a joint press conference on the ATT and the UNPOA at the Commission’s Conference Room on Thursday 14 June 2012. The conference was attended by a cross section of the media and the story was carried by five radio stations, the national TV and four print media and an observer from Action on Armed Violence.

RASALAO-Benin, IANSA member in Benin, organised a debate on the Abomey Calavi campus in Cotonou to talk with students about the ATT and the UN small arms process. IANSA and WAANSA (West African Action Network on Small Arms) materials were distributed in the campus and banners were put up to raise students’ awareness. 

Weapons collection and destruction

REBAL-BUANSA, RAPACODIBU and MI-RPD, IANSA members in Burundi, took part in a weapons destruction session organised by the CNAP, the Permanent National Commission against the proliferation of SALW, in the Bubanza area. The arms destroyed had been voluntarily handed in by the population in six provinces of the country. This event was extensively covered by media, thanks to the presence of the Minister of Public Security who made a statement about the involvement of the Burundi government in the fight against the proliferation of SALW.

Latest resources

UN Small Arms Process

Civil society organisations addressed the UN General Assembly First Committee on 25 October.

Women, gender and guns

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign will take place from 25 November to 10 December 2011.

UN Small Arms Process

A new research note from the Small Arms Survey provides a brief review of national reports on the PoA.

Women, gender and guns

Firearms are behind rising murder rates in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, according to the 2011 Global Study on Homicide by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Armed violence and development

Africa suffers enormously from conflict and armed violence. As well as the human tragedy, armed conflict costs Africa around $18bn per year, seriously derailing development.