BICC initiated the Help Desk for Practical Disarmament as a focus for its Surplus Weapons
Program in 2000 and beyond. The Help Desk aims to meet the need for information and advice on
practical disarmament - that is to say the control, collection and disposal of weaponry. In
doing so, it especially wants to serve practitioners (i.e. govern-ments, international
organizations, development agencies and NGOs) in areas afflicted by the proliferation of
military-style small arms and light weapons.