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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
August 1-2, 2016 Solomon Islands is in the process of rearming special divisions of the police in line with the 2017 drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission (RAMSI). The new Honiara Armoury is completed to international standards but, due to the history of armed conflict in Solomon Islands, the continuation of the Facilitation of Foreign Assistance […]