MAG has partnered with the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR), a charity that finds solutions to implement international arms control standards and to enable investment in armed violence reduction.
As part of this, MAG’s CEO Darren Cormack has accepted a seat on CAVR’s advisory council.
“Countries around the world continue to be affected by high levels of armed violence, that has devastating consequences to communities,” Darren says. “I’m proud to be working with CAVR and to play some part in finding practical solutions to reducing the impact of small arms and light weapons on people’s lives.”
I’m proud to be working with CAVR and to play some part in finding practical solutions to reducing the impact of small arms and light weapons on people’s lives
Darren CormackMAG CEO
In recent years CAVR developed ArmsTracker, a simple but powerful piece of arms record-keeping software that computerises arms and ammunition storage and destruction, imports and exports, gun owner licensing and firearm registration. MAG will promote ArmsTracker as a component of its programmes in communities where accurate, ongoing control of small arms and ammunition is likely to save lives.
Small arms and ammunition are regularly stolen and trafficked across porous borders and traded on the black market, fuelling armed violence against civilians. Weapons and ammunition are often stored in or near built-up areas.
MAG works in many countries around the world to improve the quality of storage facilities and destroys obsolete weapons and ammunition to lessen the chance of accidents and harm. It also supports sustainable development and enables a greater opportunity for sustainable peace.
In a quarter-century of discussion on small arms control, expert assistance with effective record-keeping has been one of the most persistent requests from nations whose need is greatest. Now ArmsTracker fills these long-standing gaps in national arms and ammunition control. Secure and easy-to-use, it enables accurate record-keeping and enforcement of weapon laws in local languages.
MAG’s partnership with CAVR recognises ArmsTracker’s strong potential to help security sector stakeholders around the world to record and control small arms and ammunition, manage their storage and document destruction programmes.
In time, CAVR believes that its software will become as important to small arms and light weapons work as IMSMA is to the international demining effort.