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ABC Radio Interviews the Director of GunPolicy.Org: ‘The Pacific is Not Immune from Gun Violence’

8 October 2018   ‘Pacific Mornings’ ABC Radio Australia [Gun safety] has been in focus in the Pacific region, and Samoa is in the middle of its third gun amnesty in three years. Now, more Pacific Island nations are considering joining up to an Arms Trade Treaty in order to prevent weapon trafficking in the region. […]

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Next Week in Tokyo: Pacific States Will Join the Global Debate on the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP4)

This year, the Fourth Conference of States Parties (CSP4) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will be held in Tokyo from 20 to 24 August. About 500 delegates are expected to attend, including those from nine Pacific governments: Kiribati, Palau, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia and New Zealand. The Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) and its Secretariat, the Centre for Armed Violence […]

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Can the RevCon3 deliver a GENDER-sensitive outcome?

We are half-way through the Third Review Conference (RevCon3) of the UN Program of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons celebrated at the UN Headquarters in New York 18-29 June 2018. During the first week, member states provided their views and gave statements on their priorities and commitments to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit […]

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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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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 […]