Oxfam_Civil Society Workshop Fiji (20)

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.

CSP5 Revised Samoa Customs Home Page Capture

ArmsTracker: Inexpensive Record Keeping Software for the Arms Trade Treaty

Supported by International Assistance donors, the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction is enabling a range of governments to strengthen their national arms control systems to implement the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). This is in response to a call from governments in need of technical assistance with their record-keeping and reporting in order to fully implement […]


Asia-Pacific Progress Towards the Ratification and Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty

50 state and civil society delegates from Asia-Pacific convened in Brisbane, Australia in late February for the 2019 Pacific Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (PacCon2019), organised by the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR).  The event facilitated discussions on the universalisation and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).   Hosted and sponsored by […]

Diseño sin título

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. […]

CSP4 Logo

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 […]

RevCon3 IANSA Wear Orange Group Photo

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]