Arms Embargo Self-Assessment Tool

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 30 May, 2023

The Small Arms Survey’s Arms Embargo Self-Assessment Tool is designed to assist UN member states in examining their approaches and practices in implementing conventional arms embargoes mandated by United Nations Security Council resolutions (UNSCRs) in general, and in particular those relating to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

UN sanctions against North Korea: How well are states reporting on their implementation?

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 22 May, 2023

'Any multilateral instrument on an issue of international concern, such as arms control or disarmament, is likely to impose reporting obligations on the participating states. Reporting has several functions, from indicating how well an instrument is being implemented over time to revealing weak spots and whether states need help to integrate the instrument into national practice. Proper reporting can also foster transparency and trust among states...'

Keep Your Distance—But Keep Your Gun, Too: New Responses From the Argentinian State to Gender-based violence

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 May, 2023

'Actresses, politicians, artists, businesswomen, role models…all women, bah… Won't we raise our voices? THEY'RE KILLING US.'

Argentinian journalist Marcela Ojeda posted this tweet on 11 May 2015. Three weeks later, on 3 June, more than 200,000 people gathered before the Congressional Palace under the slogan 'Ni una menos' ('Not one [woman] less').

The Value of Reporting: National Reporting Practices under the UN Sanctions Regime on North Korea

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 19 April, 2023

The UN Security Council has imposed a broad range of sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, requesting member states to report on how they are implementing these measures. Many factors affect the national reporting practices of states, with some having failed to submit any reports.

Weapons Compass: The Caribbean Firearms Study

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 11 April, 2023

The Caribbean region suffers from some of the world’s highest rates of violent deaths, at almost three times the global average, as well as one of the world’s highest rates of violent deaths among women. Firearms are used in more than half of all homicides, with this proportion reaching 90 per cent in some countries. While much emphasis has been placed on firearms control at both the political and operational levels, illicit firearms, and the dynamics of illicit arms markets in this region have received little research attention.

Tackling Armed Domestic Violence in the Caribbean and Central America

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 8 March, 2023

Almost one in three women across the globe — some 736 million women in total — have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence at least once in their lifetime, according to a landmark meta-analysis published by the World Health Organization in 2021. The presence of a firearm in the family home increases the risk not only that such acts will be committed but also that they will result in the death of the victim...

A Collaborative Approach To Small Arms Control In West Africa (BMS8 side event)

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 29 June, 2022

The Government of Sierra Leone, and the Small Arms Survey invite you to a roundtable discussion on identifying points of convergence between arms control initiatives and other processes relevant to the UN framework on sustaining peace, building on experience from West Africa.

Based on the case of Sierra Leone, the event will highlight how new-generation small arms national action plans (NAPs) can enhance the effectiveness of national policies and donor interventions across West Africa by linking with other relevant processes focusing on:

Towards More Tenacious Teamwork: On the Collaboration Between the WPS and Small Arms Control Communities

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2022

The Security Council has stated that: 'the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation, and misuse of small arms and light weapons fuel armed conflicts and have a wide range of […] consequences […], including the disproportionate impact on violence against women and girls and exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.'

At Whose Risk? Understanding States Parties’ Implementation of Arms Trade Treaty Gender-based Violence Provisions

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 31 March, 2022

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first legally binding agreement linking international conventional arms transfers to gender-based violence (GBV), but there has been limited practical application of these specific provisions to date.