Armed violence must be significantly reduced worldwide. It can be.

Our mission is to optimise solutions to implement international arms control standards and to enable investment in armed violence reduction. Our current solutions are ArmsTracker, Arms Control Upgrade, GunPolicy.Org and Save a Million. All are offered at no net cost to eligible states.

CAVR is a not-for-profit public health charity which seeks to make the greatest impact wherever needed. Our staff and advisors are experts in their fields, with decades of experience. We seek to partner with the most effective organisations in each country and to work with any government agency or NGO with a stake in armed violence reduction.

Although CAVR’s current arms control work is with African and Small Island Developing States, any country affected by high levels of armed violence can benefit from our tools.

The relevant global arms control standards include the Arms Trade Treaty, the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects and its International Tracing Instrument, the Firearms Protocol to the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines. Examples of regional standards are the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons, Their Ammunition and Other Related Materials and the Pacific Weapons Control Bill.

Our work helps achieve a range of peace and security targets, including the global Sustainable Development Goals 5, 16 and 17 and regional targets such as Silencing the Guns in Africa.

Our investment solution, Save a Million, is initially focused on North and Latin America where urban violence is highest.

Our Team

Philip Alpers

Programme Director

Co-founder of the Centre, designer of ArmsTracker and a faculty member at the University of Sydney School of Public Health, Philip Alpers has focussed on reducing armed violence for nearly three decades. Accredited to the United Nations small arms Programme of Action (UNPoA) since 2001, he participates in this and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) processes as a member of government and other delegations. Philip has published extensively on armed violence reduction and injury prevention. As Programme Director, he is responsible for the Centre’s direction and operations.

Alistair Gee

Executive Director

Co-founder of the Centre, Alistair has been involved in armed violence prevention and reduction since 2005. He was CEO of Act for Peace and COO at the Institute for Economics and Peace, and served as Chairman of a dozen other organisations and committees working to reduce harm and injury including the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and The Border Consortium. Alistair has enabled and supported assistance programmes in over 20 high risk countries. A former lawyer, he is an honorary lecturer at The University of Sydney.

Deepayan Basu Ray

Asia Pacific Director

Deepayan has more than 15 years’ experience in arms control research, policy, legislation and international law, as well as in the fields of human security, aid effectiveness and sustainable development. Before joining the Centre, Deepayan worked as Coordinator of the Arms Trade Treaty ATT Monitor project at Control Arms, where he established and edited this influential annual report. As the Centre’s Asia Pacific Director, Deepayan helps governments to adopt and implement arms control instruments around the world, providing capacity building, analysis of current legislation and the support of civil society to reduce and prevent armed violence.

Zoya Craig

UN Representative / Programme Manager

Zoya has over 15 years’ experience in international human rights, coalition building and operations management and has worked on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) process since 2012. As Operations Manager at Control Arms, Zoya organised the coalition’s participation at countless ATT meetings, managed the network’s finances and grants, organised and facilitated training programmes and workshops on the ATT in Cambodia, Nepal, Kenya, and Mexico and managed a small grants programme that enabled ATT universalisation and implementation projects in every region of the world. Zoya has previously worked for Oxfam, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, World Federalist Movement, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, the United Nations and the US State Department.

Mike Picard

Research Coordinator

Mike brings to the Centre several years of experience in research and analysis on small arms and light weapons. He has worked extensively with the Small Arms Survey and on projects ranging from international arms control initiatives and national firearm legislation to UN peacekeeping and illicit arms trafficking. Mike has worked for civil society organisations and NGOs in Tunisia, Israel, Palestine, Switzerland, Thailand and the Philippines, and with indigenous communities in the United States. Mike is also an officer in the Swiss Military, serving in a leadership role.

John Stevens

Advising Director

Dr John Stevens is a health sociologist and Associate Professor with Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences. He co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM), works closely with the world’s leading scientists in Lifestyle Medicine and is one of Australia’s foremost experts on illness prevention and chronic disease management. With over 30 years of experience in health practice, teaching and research, John now specialises in translating complex scientific information into easy to understand knowledge and skills. As armed violence has a significant lifestyle and behaviour component, its prevention fits his work in Lifestyle Medicine.

CAVR Advisory Council

Rachel Stohl

Vice President, Stimson Center

Rachel Stohl is Vice President, Conventional Defense at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC and the Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP), which helps States fulfil their ATT obligations. Rachel served as consultant to the United Nations ATT process from 2010-2013, as consultant to the UN Group of Governmental Experts on the ATT in 2008 and to the UN Register for Conventional Arms in 2009. One of the world’s foremost experts on conventional arms control, she is co-author of two books: The International Arms Trade (Polity Press) and The Beginners Guide to the Small Arms Trade (Oneworld Publishing).

Natalie J Goldring

Professor, Georgetown University

Natalie has worked on efforts to control the international weapons trade and on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament for several decades. A Senior Fellow in the Center for Security Studies and an Adjunct Full Professor in the Security Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Natalie is also a Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. At the United Nations she represents the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (UK) on conventional weapons issues and is on the leadership team of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA).

Rebecca Peters AO

Asociación Transiciones para Personas con Discapacidad

Rebecca Peters AO is an international expert on firearm regulation and violence prevention. A lawyer and journalist, she was the first Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), the global movement against gun violence. During the 1990s she led the grassroots campaign in Australia which secured comprehensive reform of gun laws and a 50% reduction in gun violence. Rebecca has been a consultant to the World Bank, Amnesty International and the UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children. She now works in Guatemala with Asociación Transiciones and the Surviving Gun Violence Project. For her decades of gun control work, Rebecca was awarded two of Australia’s highest honours: the Australian Human Rights Medal and the Order of Australia.

Darren Cormack

CEO, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Darren is CEO of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). Across 26 countries on 5 continents, MAG’s work has helped more than 17 million people. With a revenue of c$100m+, employing over 5,000 staff, MAG is a highly dynamic and responsive organisation, focused on its mission of saving lives and building safer communities. Prior to taking over as CEO, Darren was Director of Strategy and Government Relations with responsibility for the design, articulation, delivery and oversight of MAG’s organisational funding strategy, supporting the establishment and development of programmes and management of governments relations. Before he joined MAG in 2008, Darren worked in the private and non-profit sectors in the UK and internationally, managing a diverse range of environment, conservation, humanitarian and development projects, living and working in Cambodia, South Sudan, Sudan, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Erly Muñoz

Gender and Arms Control Coordinator

Based in Congo (DRC), Erly has an MA in Public Policy and nearly a decade of experience coordinating sustainable development, conflict prevention, and peace building programmes. Erly has coordinated international World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) programmes such as the Responsibility to Protect and Freedom From Violence Venezuela, and is a member of the WFUNA Youth Advisory Council as well as the UN Working Group on Youth and Peacebuilding. She consults to the UN Gender and Small Arms and Light Weapons in Africa project and works extensively on multilateral policies to tackle armed violence, as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Jesús D. León

Graphic Designer / Webmaster

Jesus comes from the publishing world. For a decade he has coordinated the editorial and production department of the Biblioteca Ayacucho publishing house. He is in charge of the design and maintenance of the CARV sites, as well as the branding and graphics.


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