Small Arms & Light Weapons: A challenge to the churches

The global response

The WCC presents the concerns of national and regional church and ecumenical bodies at an international level. Working with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and governments, the WCC can affect policy decisions on a global level.

The WCC is a founding member of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). Created in 1998, IANSA is a global network of over 200 member organizations in more than 40 countries all seeking to address the epidemic proliferation of small arms in a holistic way.

In connection with the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade of Small Arms and Light Weapons (July, 2001), the WCC is sponsoring a series of regional consultations aimed at shaping an ecumenical policy and action programme to guide the Council in responding to the challenges posed by the uncontrolled and unlawful use of small arms and light weapons.

The WCC is an active partner and contributing further through the formation of an Ecumenical Network against Small Arms (ENSA).

WCC partners
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)
Geneva Action Network on Small Arms (GANSA)
Regional ecumenical consultations


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