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.

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.

Pedimos un tratado sobre el comercio de armas a prueba de balas. Autor: Armas bajo Control

Blog: Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas 2011: dicho y hecho

Es viernes por la tarde en la sede de las Naciones Unidas de Nueva York, y yo sigo sentado en una sala junto a cientos de representantes de todo el mundo. Acaba de finalizar el segundo de los "comités preparatorios", y aún queda uno antes de la última conferencia de negociaciones de 2012, y que aboque en el primer Tratado Internacional sobre el Comercio de Armas legalmente vinculante.

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.


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