‘Targeted action’ – a panel discussion on gun violence from different perspectives at UN Headquarters


Het Vredesinstituut organiseert de panel discussie ‘Targeted action: understanding gun violence and developing policy aimed at preventing gun violence and coping with its consequences’ op 3 juni 2015 in de United Nations Headquarters in New York.



Research has shown that every year more than 500,000 persons worldwide die as a result of lethal violence and that the most commonly used instruments for this violence are firearms, often illicitly manufactured, transferred or possessed. In addition, an estimated 2 million persons worldwide are currently living with firearm injuries sustained in non-conflict settings over the past decade. It is widely acknowledged that the excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread of firearms in many regions of the world poses a serious threat to peace, reconciliation, security and sustainable development. The way in which policy can contribute to the prevention of gun violence and improve the lives of the surviving victims is therefore of utmost importance.

At this side event to the Second Open-ended Meeting of Governmental Experts of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons and All Its Aspects, we look at gun violence from different perspectives and offer a multi-disciplinary approach at understanding this phenomenon. Both lethal and non-lethal gun violence in both conflict and non-conflict settings will be addressed. In addition, we will explore the possibilities for policy to prevent gun violence as much as possible and to cope with the consequences of such violence.

In the first presentation Anna Alvazzi del Frate (Small Arms Survey) will focus on the findings of the new Global Burden of Armed Violence study by the Small Arms Survey on the nature of gun violence around the world. In the following presentation Nils Duquet (Flemish Peace Institute) will present the main results of a new study on the linkages between gun possession, firearms legislation and violent deaths (homicides and suicides) in Europe. In the last presentation Rebecca Peters (IANSA) will elaborate on the experiences of gun violence survivors and identify ways to improve their prospects for full recovery and societal inclusion. After the three presentations time for discussion with the audience is foreseen.

This side event is supported by the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations.

Voor meer informatie: contacteer onderzoeker Nils Duquet