Conventional Weapons

Illicit small arms and light weapons, anti-personnel landmines and explosive remnants of war represent a major threat to stability and security in many countries.


  • kill and maim innocent civilians, many of them children
  • create a climate of fear and apprehension
  • destroy trust between communities
  • fuel crime and terrorism
  • hold back sustainable development.

Our main tools in fighting this scourge are:

  • supporting international efforts to control the flow of arms and to ban certain types of weapons outright
  • helping affected states and communities to disrupt uncontrolled proliferation of small arms and trafficking operations
  • assisting victims.

For more information see the sections on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Mine Action .

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