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

Marking and tracing

Dickson Nkemakonam Orji of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) -Nigeria was designated the chair of a meeting of governmental experts on marking and tracing of small arms, held in Bamako, Mali from 6 – 8 December.

Weapons collection and destruction

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has launched a plan to promote disarmament ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, to be held in Brazil. It includes activities such as giving free tickets, footballs and shirts signed by footballers in return for guns handed in to authorities

Armed violence and development

Over 125,000 civilians are thought to be armed in Libya; many of them part of militias that have been involved in violent clashes in the period after the ousting of the Qadhafi regime, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group.

Regional Cooperation

The Central African Action Network on Small Arms (CAANSA) held its first annual general assembly in Bangui, Central African Republic from 13 November – 3 December. Nearly 40 members from 11 Central African countries attended the meeting

Women, gender and guns

10 December was International Human Rights Day and the final day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. The campaign has been a great success, more than 28 IANSA members and supporters from 23 countries organised events

Latest resources

UN Small Arms Process

Governments met in June/July 2006 to review and strengthen implementation of the UN Programme of Action on small arms.

Survivors, Women, gender and guns
‘Survivors’ presents women’s experiences of gun violence in their own words.
UN Small Arms Process

Governments met in January 2006 to prepare for the Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on small arms.

UN Small Arms Process

Governments met at the United Nations in July 2005 to review progress on the UN Programme of Action on small arms.

Armed violence and development

A 2005 summary of UNDP’s work to reduce armed violence, including case studies. It also contains a table showing how gun violence undermines the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).