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 […]


Advancing PNG’s Arm’s Control System

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 […]

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 […]

Using the training manuals in Fiji

UNPoA and Arms Trade Treaty Modular Training Toolkits Launched

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. […]

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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 […]