Explosive weapons at the United Nations

Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) has been in New York at the United Nations, where the First Committee on Disarmament has been taking place. Governments from around the world meet at First Committee to further efforts to tackle a wide range of weapons that threaten civilians. In a year where we have seen wholesale and […]

Reintegrating ex-combatants in Liberia: Abibu’s story

Abibu O.G. Corneh was captured during Liberia’s insurgency in 2000 and forced to carry a weapon. Three years after the civil war ended, Abibu and his peers were occupying the Guthrie Rubber Plantation, still following orders from wartime commanders and earning money through illicit rubber tapping. Like other war-affected young men in Liberia, he had […]

Conferences, meetings and days to help reduce armed violence in 2014

This is a list of the remaining major international conferences and meetings that are set to discuss armed violence reduction around the world: When? Where? What? Who? 20/01-28/03 Geneva, Switzerland Conference on Disarmament 2014; Part 1 UN 22/01-24/01 Berlin, Germany Berlin Sessions on Humanitarian Disarmament 27/01-28/01 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Measuring justice and violence; indicators […]

68 years since Nagasaki: Why we need a nuclear weapons treaty

On this day 68 years ago an atomic bomb was detonated over a populated area for the second time in history.  The ‘Fat Man’ was dropped by the US on Nagasaki, Japan, three days after the first nuclear bomb was detonated over Hiroshima.  The bomb in Nagasaki caused temperatures in excess of 3,900 degrees celsius […]

Theresa Hitchens

Theresa Hitchens Director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is an autonomous body within the UN tasked with assisting the international community in finding and implementing solutions to disarmament and security challenges. They produce research on weapons of mass destruction, small arms and light weapons, and emerging […]

Tilman Brück

Tilman Brück Director of Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Tilman Brück was appointed director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in January after previously working at the Institute for Economic Development in Germany. SIPRI was established as a way of commemorating Sweden’s 150 years of unbroken peace. They carry out research into […]

Andrew Tomlinson & Jonathan Woolley

Andrew Tomlinson & Jonathan Woolley Directors of Quaker United Nations Office Andrew Tomlinson & Jonathan Woolley are Directors of the Quaker United Nations Office (QUNO). With offices in New York (Tomlinson) and Geneva (Woolley), QUNO represents the Friends through working with governments, UN Agencies and NGOs. QUNO work on a number of issues connected to […]

Angela Kane

Angela Kane High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane was appointed High Representative for Disarmament Affairs in March 2012. She provides the UN Secretary-General with advice and support on all arms control, non-proliferation and related security matters. Before joining the UN, she worked for the World Bank. She has described the United Nations and Disarmament […]

Eric Niragira

Eric Niragira Former child soldier Eric Niragira is the founder of the Training Centre for Development of Ex-Combatants (CEDAC). Born in Burundi he was a child soldier during the civil war, witnessing much brutality and seeing many of his friends killed and injured. His experiences inspired him to work with former combatants and help to […]