PSAAG, in collaboration with Papua New Guinea’s Department of Foreign Affairs, co-hosted a two day workshop on ‘Advancing PNG’s Arms Control System’ on 20-21 October, Port Moresby. This was the first opportunity for PSAAG to work with the PNG government to conduct a national workshop specifically addressing PNG’s unique context. The participants highlighted that the workshop […]
The twenty nations of Oceania are no strangers to armed violence. In large cities and small island communities alike, death and injury by gunshot, gender-based and domestic violence, armed crime and suicide are common concerns. In communities in conflict, thousands have been killed, wounded or had their lives upended while access to development aid, markets, health, education and human rights were disrupted by people with guns.
Fortunately in the Pacific, early intervention and prevention remain viable options. While large-scale gun trafficking remains far less common than the misuse of locally owned weapons, and while individuals, community groups and governments alike defend our traditional Pacific consensus on resistance to the proliferation of firearms, this region of the world continues to demonstrate the public health and safety benefits of diminishing armed violence.
Members of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group work together to maintain this vision.
PSAAG, represented by our Arms Control Manager Laura Spano, was fortunate to participate in UNRCPD’s first workshop in the Pacific on the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The workshop was jointly organised and gracefully hosted by the Government of Samoa. The workshop aimed to enhance the capacity of participating states to meet ATT […]
We are delighted to announce modular Training Toolkits for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN small arms Programme of Action (UNPoA). Supported by UNSCAR, these global implementation aids are designed to identify gaps in national arms control systems, while encouraging governments to take powerful steps towards building comprehensive trading and internal arms controls. […]
August 1-2, 2016 Solomon Islands is in the process of rearming special divisions of the police in line with the 2017 drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI). The new Honiara Armoury is completed to international standards but, due to the history of armed conflict in Solomon Islands, the continuation of the Facilitation of Foreign Assistance […]
The government of Fiji has been actively reviewing its implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA) and its position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In the past year Fiji’s Ministry of Defence has been working with PSAAG to identify gaps and possible ways to improve the country’s […]
Implemented by the Pacific Small Arms Action Group, Control Arms and Nonviolence International Southeast Asia, the aim of this project was to provide a tailored learning opportunity for officials from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance their existing knowledge of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and increase participation in Treaty-related meetings. It grew […]
PSAAG was fortunate to collaborate with the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations who hosted a launch of our publication “Arms and Ammunition in Oceania” during the UN First Committee. Over 25 government officials, including from Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, UK, NZ, US, along with UNODA and UNRCPD, came to hear our wonderful Hannah Lewis, lead author of the publication, […]
The Government of the Philippines and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, jointly organized a workshop on capacity-building for the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, to be held in Manila, 25-26 November. […]
PSAAG and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (‘MSG’) recently co-hosted a successful 2 day workshopin Vanuatu on advancing the ATT and PoA in Melanesia. The workshop, made possible with funds from UNSCAR, was well attended, with over 20 government and military officials, customs officers and police from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. […]
PSAAG, as the Regional Coordinator for Control Arms, was also present at the first Conference of State Parties for the Arms Trade Treaty in Mexico and we were happy to see 18 decisions emerge. Yet, going forward we would like to see the implementation of a transparent and open reporting framework. For an overview of the Conference […]