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

A photo essay by award winning photographer Gwenn Dubourthoumieu follows the trail of devastation left by small arms and armed violence

National gun laws

In Senegal, civilian gun carrying will be prohibited from 4 January through to 30 April this year. The move is part of efforts to prevent violent clashes around the presidential elections, scheduled for 26 February.

UN Small Arms Process

Katherine Prizeman elaborates on the differences and common features of the anticipated Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) in a blog article for  Global Action to Prevent War.

Weapons collection and destruction

Police in Taiwan have seized more than 2000 illegal guns during raids in the past year as part of efforts to prevent violence in preparation for the presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for 14 January this year.

Armed violence and development

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, of which IANSA is a member, has released its Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council for January 2012.

Latest resources

The UN Secretary-General requested the views of countries on the links between armed violence and sustainable development. Read what your country submitted.

A UN Group of Governmental Experts produced recommendations for strengthening national and international controls and cooperation, to prevent illicit arms brokering and related activities. Their report was subsequently endorsed by the UN General Assembly in December 2008.

Ammunition stockpiles require careful management to prevent explosions. The report of a Group of Governemntal Experts was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in 2008, and subsequently technical guidlines are being prepared.

This 2008 resolution of the UN General Assembly stresses the need for a coherent and integrated approach to the prevention of armed violence, with a view to achieving sustainable peace and development.

UN Small Arms Process

Governments met in July 2008 to review implementation of the UN Programme of Action on small arms.