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This week at the UN in New York: RevCon3 on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons

Starting today at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Third Review Conference will evaluate progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects and its International Tracing Instrument (ITI). Erly Muñoz, Secretary of the Pacific […]

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ATT CSP3

PSAAG and the CAVR took an active role in this year’s Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP3), which brought together states, UN bodies and civil society, to discuss how the ATT could better be implemented and how more lives could be saved. This was a crucial time for the Pacific, as […]

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The Melanesian Spearhead Group Discusses Next Steps for the Ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty and UNPoA at the Regional Level

The Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) carried out a regional workshop in Vanuatu in November 2017 on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA). The workshop was funded by the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR), and the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR) […]

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PSAAG’s Arms Trade Treaty and UNPoA National Capacity Building Workshop in Vanuatu

As part of its work on strengthening national coordination for the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA), PSAAG carried out a national workshop in Vanuatu in November 2017. The workshop was funded by the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms […]

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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 […]

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Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty

From 11th – 15th September 2017, the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction and PSAAG attended the Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP3) in Geneva. The Conference of States Parties is an annual event, bringing together States Parties to the ATT, signatories to the ATT, UN bodies and civil society, including […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]