David Grimason mourns his 2 year old son Alistair who was killed in crossfire from an illegal weapon. Photo: Andrew Kelly
David Grimason mourns his 2 year old son Alistair who was killed in crossfire from an illegal weapon. Photo: Andrew Kelly

Fighting for an Arms Trade Treaty at the UN General Assembly

12 October, 2012 | Conflict & Emergencies

I'm in New York, helping co-ordinate our plans with Control Arms Coalition colleagues, on the eve of the UN General Assembly First Committee (which deals with disarmament). Two months have passed since the end of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference, where world governments came so close to agreeing a treaty that would regulate the global arms trade, and it is time to renew pressure to push for the work to be completed.

2,000 people are still dying every day due to armed violence and thousands of lives and livelihoods are being destroyed by conflict. For the last decade, Control Arms has campaigned hard for a strong, bulletproof treaty that will ease the suffering caused by irresponsible transfers of arms and ammunition.

The UNGA First Committee will run until 6th November and we are calling on governments to agree the way forward to improving the current draft Treaty text and getting it adopted.

We will be working with supportive states, civil society and allies to keep the pressure on and drive the campaign forward in the next four weeks. The majority of states want to see a strong ATT achieved, and it is their voices, not the minority who may wish to delay or weaken the text, that need to be heard. This treaty is too important for any one government to be able to veto.

There is a renewed optimism in the air and I feel proud to be in the thick of things as colleagues arrive from around the world to support the next stage of the campaign to deliver the strongest treaty possible.

We will be regularly updating our campaigns team as the UNGA progresses and will be ready to launch into action if needed. It's incredible to sit in New York and see the support around the world - your campaigning is making a real impact and we will not stop until the treaty becomes a reality.

Check out Kate's Tweeterview from today, for more insight into the latest on the UN Arms Trade Treaty process.

 

Related links

Sign up: Support a bulletproof arms trade treaty

Blog: A global Arms Trade Treaty: a marathon not a sprint

In depth: Oxfam policy reports supporting an Arms Trade Treaty

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