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Reducing the Vulnerability of Pacific States to Armed Violence

The Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR), the Secretariat of PSAAG, is funded by the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) to design and manage a two-year project focusing on the implementation of international arms control standards in the Pacific. Although by and large this region has avoided the large-scale armed violence […]

Laura Spano, CAVR

5 Challenges to Implementing International Arms Controls Standards in Small Island Developing States

The Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR) has a soft spot for small island developing states (SIDs). I mean who wouldn’t – beautiful blue expanding oceans, green rolling hills and hospitable smiles for days. This is the very reason why we work with these states – to keep them beautiful and free of insecurity that […]

© Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence

Divergent Currents: Addressing Armed Violence in the Caribbean and Pacific

Former PSAAG intern Shmuel Levin has published an article on the Pacific and the Caribbean’s diverging strategies, and what they can teach the world. Published in The Diplomat (15 July, 2016) Shmuel Levin worked with the Pacific Small Arms Action Group in 2015 analyzing and identifying gaps in Asia-Pacific arms control legislation. Shmuel has previously worked […]

Photo Credit_Fiji Ministry of Immigration, Defence and National Security_Members of the defence force at the Arms Treaty Workshop

Enhancing Fiji’s Arms Control System: Identifying Gaps and Looking Forward

The government of Fiji has over the past year, with the assistance of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG), been actively reviewing their current arms control system – including their position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). On May 11 – 13, Fiji’s Ministry of Defence and PSAAG held a three-day national workshop in […]

UN Photo: Stephanie Hollyman UN 1st Biennial Meeting of State on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons

Why the UNPoA matters for the Pacific

Of all Knowledge, Experience is the Hardest Won As in all regions of the world, there is potential in the Pacific for arms to cause social disruption and possibly to boil over into conflict. Pacific states have seen small arms fan the flames of smoldering animosity, as in the Solomon Islands where armed tribal conflict […]

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Why the Arms Trade Treaty Matters for the Pacific

Small numbers of illicit arms can have a devastating impact The experience of many Small Island Developing States demonstrates the devastating effects of a small amount of illicit arms. During the conflict in the Solomon Islands between 1998 and 2003, a small number of firearms in the wrong hands enabled militants to raid the police […]

Image courtesy of Flickr user Paul Keller.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 and the Arms Trade Treaty: the ATT is ready to do the work

Social media has been alive with chatter about the finalised UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they might influence security and development policy globally. To us, there’s no better example of the need to link security and sustainable development policy than in the South Pacific. Experience in the Pacific(PDF) shows that even a small […]