Stop Gun Violence – ACTION ALERT

As a member of the International Action Network on Small Arms and Light Weapons (IANSA), Defend International is asking its members and partners to mobilise during this year’s Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, June 5-12.


Silencing the Guns

IANSA seeks to make people safer from gun violence. IANSA’s aim this year is to persuade governments to do more on this topic when they gather at the United Nations in June 2018 for Review Conference 3 (RevCon3). IANSA team want to generate more media coverage and deepen international understanding of the problem of gun violence and how to prevent it.


Statement from the Chair of IANSA International Advisory Council

In a statement issued on June 6th, Mr. Baffour Amoa, chair of IANSA International Advisory Council, said that 2017 is set to be one of the most important years in our history “as we seek to strengthen international efforts to curb the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.”

“We are preparing for 2018 when the next major meeting of the United Nations small arms process – the Third Review Conference on the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (RevCon3) – will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City,” he added.

Mr. Amoa expressed his gratefulness to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs of the United Nations and UNSCAR for supporting the aims of IANSA.


Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence was first launched by IANSA in 2003. Each year, IANSA members organise activities for the Global Week of Action, including press conferences with government officials and parliamentarians, seminars, media interviews, marches, concerts, sports matches, publications, children’s activities, and events to engage young people.

This year’s Global Week of Action will take place between June 5-12, with the themeThe Road to Development and Peace Begins With Silencing the Guns.

Defend International joins IANSA and appeals to its members, supporters and partners to participate in the week of action and make it a success.

Co-founder of Defend International, Dr. Widad Akreyi, reiterated DI members’ dedication to advocating for effective strategies to end gun violence once and for all. “In the face of the rising tensions and the widespread proliferation of small arms and light weapons, we call on everyone to join us to build conditions that will make world peace more likely. We all know that the road to building peace goes through ending conflicts and silencing the guns.” she said


Take action on Global Week of Action!

  • Call for greater control of small arms and light weapons and stimulate discussion of national positions on key issues as States prepare for RevCon3.
  • If you live in the MENA region, urge your government officials to take serious steps to end illicit trade in conventional weapons.
  • You can also organise public events to raise awareness and mobilise public pressure on policy makers.
  • You can write an open letter, issue a press release, organise a press conference, or arrange interviews to discuss these important issues. Or
  • Post on social media to get the word out. Use #WeekofAction and #SilenceTheGuns.

Join us! Let’s make it a great week of action!


Background Information

What is the Programme of Action?
In 2001, all Member States of the United Nations agreed to an important new framework for cooperation on small arms called the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). Under the PoA, governments agreed to improve national small arms laws, import/export controls, and stockpile management, and to engage in cooperation and assistance.

What is International Tracing Instrument?
In 2005, they also adopted the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), which requires States to mark weapons properly and to keep records. The ITI provides a framework for cooperation in weapons tracing – fulfilling one of the commitments governments had made in the PoA. Improving weapons tracing is now part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in Sustainable Development Goal 16.4.

What are Review Conferences?
Every six years, a Review Conference is held at UN Headquarters to review progress made in the implementation of the PoA and the ITI.

What is RevCon3?
2018 will mark the third Review Conference, an important opportunity for countries in all regions to strengthen and improve efforts to reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms.