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Conventional Arms Control in the Commonwealth Initiative

The Conventional Arms Controls in the Commonwealth Initiative is a partnership between the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Small Arms Survey and the United Kingdom Foreign Commonwealth Office, to tackle the illegal trade in conventional weapons.

Under the Conventional Arms Control in the Commonwealth Initiative, a number of activities have taken place to support Commonwealth countries through exchanging of knowledge, expertise, challenges and solutions between member countries to create best practice.

The Secretariat, in collaboration with Wilton Park, held a dialogue on countering the diversion of small arms and light weapons in the Commonwealth.

Sharing good practice in the Commonwealth

The Secretariat welcomes countries’ approaches to implementing arms control. We seek feedback on regional and national experiences and challenges to:

  • implementing arms transfer controls
  • preventing weapons and ammunition from getting into the wrong hands for illegal use
  • strengthening national law enforcement coordination
  • reducing illegal civilian possession of weapons and ammunition

Feedback on the impact of arms control initiatives on the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 would also be welcomed.

Please email [email protected] with your comments and suggestions.

Implementing partners

The Small Arms Survey is a global centre whose objective is to generate evidence-based, impartial, and policy-relevant knowledge on all aspects of small arms and armed violence all over the world.


The project received funding from the UK’s Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (CPACC).