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 […]

Workshop in Samoa, Photo Credit: UNRCDP

Fostering Regional Dialogue on ATT transit/transhipment controls in the Pacific

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]