arms trade treaty


Blog: Bloggers and journalists: the countdown for the Arms Trade Treaty is on!

Every day, millions of people suffer the direct and indirect consequences of the irresponsible arms trade: thousands are killed, others are injured, many are raped and forced to flee from their homes. We need to step up the media pressure so States deliver a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by 2012.

Wanted: Lawyers for legal advice during Arms Trade Treaty negotiations

Blog: Wanted: Lawyers for legal advice during Arms Trade Treaty negotiations

The International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP), Oxfam and our partners from the Control Arms alliance are establishing an innovative network of pro-bono lawyers to boost the capacity of lobbyists and affected States that want to ensure a robust Arms Trade Treaty is negotiated by 2012.

For a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty, to protect lives. Credit: Control Arms

Blog: Armstreaty 2011 – it’s a wrap

It’s Friday afternoon at the United Nations in New York, and I’m sitting in a room with a few hundred delegates from around the world. We’ve just finished the second ‘Preparatory Committees’  – there’s one more to come before the final negotiating conference in 2012 that we hope will result in the first truly international, legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

So what has changed during this week, and what has been achieved? Here’s my run-down of some of the week’s high and low.

Afghanistan: On the road between Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul. © Guy Tillim/Control Arms

Blog: How can the Arms Treaty support development?

Last Friday in New York, Oxfam, UN Women and UNICEF brought together governments, UN officials and NGOs activists to discuss the enormous strain that conflict and armed violence puts on socio-economic development, and asked – how can the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) make a difference?

Many cluster bomb survivors were active campaigners during negotiations such as 19 year old Soraj Ghulam Habib from Afghanistan.

Blog: Cluster Bombs Treaty becomes international law: Years of campaigning reap results

Treaties take a long time to develop and negotiate. The ones being negotiated under the helm of the United Nations can take decades to conclude. It is often atwo-steps-forward-one-step-backwards process and can be rather frustrating to be part of.

The "knotted gun" sculpture at the United Nations in New York

Blog: World’s biggest arms traders promise global Arms Trade Treaty

At the end of October, after years of discussions and debates at the United Nations, the vast majority of governments – 153 in total – agreed a timetable to establish a “strong and robust” global Arms Trade Treaty with the “highest common standards” to control international transfers of conventional arms.

Most of the world’s biggest arms traders – including the USA, UK, France and Germany – now back the UN process. Nineteen states abstained* but are all expected to take part in the process. Zimbabwe was the only State to vote against it.

Flag and 'no guns' logo on one of the Oxfam vehicles in Kitgum town, Uganda. Credit: Geoff Sayer/Oxfam

Blog: An Arms Trade Treaty is necessary and possible

They will tell us, again and again, that it cannot be done. That the proliferation of conventional weapons cannot be controlled through a global negotiated effort. That we have to live with automatic guns and other weapons of mass misery traveling from conflict to conflict, without effective controls, with a trail of death and destruction among defenceless civilians.


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