Revised Indicator 16.4.2: A Useful, but Limited, Step Towards 2030

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 30 November, 2021

This blog post was published as part of the Global Partnership on Small Arms project, which was managed by the Small Arms Survey and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Global Partnership on Small Arms was a platform where stakeholders engaged in reducing or preventing illicit arms trafficking were able to interact; exchange information, experience, and knowledge; and give feedback to further their shared goals.

Geneva Declaration Outputs

Submitted by Olivia Denonville on 21 September, 2021

The Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development was a diplomatic initiative aimed at addressing the interrelations between armed violence and development. Launched in 2006 by UNDP and Switzerland, the Geneva Declaration strived to achieve measurable reductions in the global burden of armed violence and improvements in human security by 2015. With the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under Agenda 2030, a key goal of the Geneva Declaration was fulfilled and it ceased to be an active political process.

Implementing SDG Target 16.4: Illicit Arms Flows, Diversion, and Corruption in Rio de Janeiro

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'On 14 March 2018, Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman Marielle Franco and her driver Anderson Gomes were shot dead in an execution-style killing. Franco was a well-known human rights advocate whose personal background reflected the groups she fought for: a black lesbian woman raised in poverty in one the city’s most notorious favelas (slums), Maré. Her assassination made news across the world and led to major local protests.

Urban Violence or Urban Peace: Why Are Some Cities Safer than Others?

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Cities continue to increase in importance, acting as magnets for migration, innovation, and economic concentration. In 2015, almost four billion people lived in cities, a number that’s expected to increase to five billion by 2030. The UN has noted that challenges for growing cities include growing slums, increased air pollution, and heightened risks of disasters for the population. But what about violence? City dwellers are often perceived as being at more risk of violence than those in rural areas, but this is not always the case...'

Small Arms Survey Podcast #29: Indicators for Achieving Sustainable Development: Measuring violent deaths and SDG Goal 16

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2021

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a new proposed framework to come into effect after the Millennium Development Goals. Amongst them, Goal 16 focuses on peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice, and accountable institutions. This goal is a significant step towards recognizing that preventing and reducing violence is essential for development.

Small Arms Survey Podcast #30: Weapons Trafficking and the New Development Agenda: Reducing illicit arms flows and SDG Goal 16

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2021

The second part of the two-part podcast discussing the Small Arms Survey's engagement in measuring  SDG Goal 16, which focuses on peaceful and inclusive societies, access to justice, and accountable institutions. This episode examines SDG Target 16.4, which calls for a significant reduction in illicit arms flows. Beyond acknowledging the link between illicit weapons, armed violence, and insecurity, it is crucial to identify ways of measuring and understanding the illicit arms trade.

Small Arms Survey Podcast #39: Documenting Illicit Arms Flows in Conflict and Post-Conflict Environments

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 2 June, 2021

Measuring illicit arms flows is one of the challenges faced by states in their efforts to monitor progress in implementing Sustainable Development Goal 16, target 16.4. Fulfilling its mission as the principal international source of impartial and public information on all aspects of small arms and armed violence, the Small Arms Survey brings in a series of podcasts the voices of researchers with relevant experience concerning the issue at hand.

Small Arms Survey Podcast #41: Measuring Illicit Arms Flows in the Context of Sustainable Development Goal 16 - An International Framework for Action

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 2 June, 2021

The third installment of the Small Arms Survey podcast series on illicit arms flows discusses Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG16), target 16.4, and its associated indicator, 16.4.2.

Still Not There: Global Violent Deaths Scenarios, 2019–30

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 26 March, 2021

The year 2018 was characterized by a decrease in lethal violence in several of the world’s hotspots, primarily due to a significant de-escalation of the armed conflicts in Iraq, Myanmar, South Sudan, and Syria. The homicide rate also decreased marginally due to population growth outpacing the nominal increase in killings between 2017 and 2018.