Small Arms and Light Weapons

Small arms and light weapons are collected and sorted for destruction at a facility in Serbia in 2017.

Disarmament chief says small arms remain threat to peace and security

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs told the Security Council on Wednesday that Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW), in the context of peacekeeping operations, are a "threat" that can "exacerbate conflict, render arms embargoes ineffective, endanger ‘blue helmets’, humanitarian workers and local populations, and complicate peace agreements."