About us

The International Action Network on Small Arms is the global movement against gun violence, linking civil society organisations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. It represents the voices of civil society on the international stage, for example in the UN process on small arms, and draws on the practical experience of its members to campaign for policies that will protect human security.

IANSA was created in 2002. IANSA registered as a legal entity in Ghana in 2014 to reflect the organization’s commitment to bringing voices from the global south to the United Nations small arms disarmament process. A leadership team chaired by the Chair of the IANSA International Advisory Council guides the work of IANSA. IANSA’s offices are hosted in the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA) office. IANSA also has an active UN liaison office in New York City. 

We have Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and are the official coordinator of civil society participation in UN meetings on small arms.

IANSA currently receives financial assistance from the United Nations through contributions received from the European Union. We also receive funding from the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).

There were 1.4 million firearms-related deaths globally between 2012 and 2016.

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