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The twenty nations of Oceania are no strangers to armed violence. In large cities and small island communities alike, death and injury by gunshot, gender-based and domestic violence, armed crime and suicide are common concerns. In communities in conflict, thousands have been killed, wounded or had their lives upended while access to development aid, markets, health, education and human rights were disrupted by people with guns.

Fortunately in the Pacific, early intervention and prevention remain viable options. While large-scale gun trafficking remains far less common than the misuse of locally owned weapons, and while individuals, community groups and governments alike defend our traditional Pacific consensus on resistance to the proliferation of firearms, this region of the world continues to demonstrate the public health and safety benefits of diminishing armed violence.

Members of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group work together to maintain this vision.


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May 22, 2016

Enhancing Fiji’s Arms Trade Treaty

The government of Fiji has been actively reviewing its implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA) and its position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In the past year Fiji’s Ministry of Defence has been working with PSAAG to identify gaps and possible ways to improve the country’s […]


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April 22, 2016

Joint Asia-Pacific Workshop encourages cross regional collaboration on the ATT

Implemented by the Pacific Small Arms Action Group, Control Arms and Nonviolence International Southeast Asia, the aim of this project was to provide a tailored learning opportunity for officials from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance their existing knowledge of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and increase participation in Treaty-related meetings. It grew […]


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December 19, 2015

Prior Activities: 2015

Championed by nine donor governments, PSAAG successfully bid for a two-year grant from the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) in New York. Our project promises to advance universalisation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and to promote implementation of the UN small arms Programme of Action (UNPoA) and its International […]


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November 22, 2015

PSAAG Launches Guide in New York

PSAAG was fortunate to collaborate with the Permanent Mission of Australia to the United Nations who hosted a launch of our publication “Arms and Ammunition in Oceania” during the UN First Committee. Over 25 government officials, including from Fiji, Nauru, Samoa, UK, NZ, US, along with UNODA andUNRCDP, came to hear our wonderful Hannah Lewis, lead author of the publication, […]


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November 22, 2015

PSAAG invited to share ways to strengthen legislation and regulations of SALW in the Philippines

The Government of the Philippines and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, jointly organized a workshop on capacity-building for the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, to be held in Manila, 25-26 November. […]


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September 22, 2015

Advancing the UN PoA & ATT in Melanesia

PSAAG and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (‘MSG’) recently co-hosted a successful 2 day workshopin Vanuatu on advancing the ATT and PoA in Melanesia. The workshop, made possible with funds from UNSCAR, was well attended, with over 20 government and military officials, customs officers and police from Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia. There were also 6 CSO representatives present. […]


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August 22, 2015

First Conference of State Parties for the Arms Trade Treaty, Mexico

PSAAG, as the Regional Coordinator for Control Arms, was also present at the first Conference of State Parties for the Arms Trade Treaty in Mexico and we were happy to see 18 decisions emerge. Yet, going forward we would like to see the implementation of a transparent and open reporting framework. For an overview of the Conference […]


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July 22, 2015

Arms and Ammunition in Oceania: PSAAG’s Guide for Pacific Governments

Since the adoption of the ATT, 130 governments, including eight from the Pacific, have signed the Treaty. Yet, of the 78 that have gone on to ratify or accede to the ATT, only 4 are Pacific Island States. This is just one reason why PSAAG recently launched a Guide for Pacific Governments to assist Pacific Island States to take the crucial next step to ratify […]


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December 19, 2014

Previous Activities: 2014

After prolonged advocacy in which PSAAG was involved, three Pacific countries (Samoa, Australia and New Zealand) ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York. This brought the Pacific’s total to three treaty ratifications and eight treaty signatures. Later this year, after being adopted by 154 member states, signed by 130, […]


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December 18, 2013

Prior Activities: 2013

PSAAG members participated as members of government delegations to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations in New York to advance strong arms control standards and integrate gender concerns into the language of the ATT.   The governments of Palau, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu, immediately signed the ATT upon its opening for signature in June. PSAAG members […]


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