Oxfam International Blogs - arms trade treaty http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/arms-trade-treaty en Controlled arms: Oxfam’s hope for the next World Humanitarian Day http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-08-19-controlled-arms-oxfams-hope-next-world-humanitarian-day <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Around 1,500 people a day are killed in conflicts and armed violence across the globe, and among that loss are humanitarian aid workers who were trying to save lives. As we mark this year’s World Humanitarian Day, around the world Oxfam staff are responding to a bewildering number of conflicts. In Iraq, Syria and Gaza to Sudan, South Sudan and the Central African Republic and elsewhere, they are trying, usually against the odds, to help people cope with the terrible effects of armed violence.</p> <h3>Irresponsible arms trade fuels conflicts</h3> <p>Arms and ammunition traded irresponsibly or illegally help keep all these conflicts going – as they always have. That is why Oxfam helped launch a campaign for an international Arms Trade Treaty more than ten years ago, in 2003. We saw the effects of uncontrolled arms in death and displacement. We saw the cumulative, corrosive effect of armed violence on entire countries and the people in them.<strong> Around $18 billion a year – we calculated in 2007 – was the cost of this to Africa’s economy</strong>. </p> <p>An international law to control arms seemed like a pipedream back in 2003, when the conflicts in Darfur and Iraq started, as it was not like the heady days of banning landmines in 1997. But more than a million people petitioned the world for the treaty and hundreds of NGOs were involved in the campaign. A few brave governments to begin with, and then dozens, championed its cause. After a decade of work, the United Nations adopted the Arms Trade Treaty by an overwhelming majority in April 2013.</p> <h3>Just seven more ratifications...</h3> <p>On this World Humanitarian Day, 118 countries have now signed the treaty and 43 have ratified it. Just seven more ratifications are needed before the treaty enters-into-force, and these are expected in September. This means the Arms Trade Treaty should become international law in December 2014.</p> <p>But it is now that the hard work begins as Oxfam expects governments to act on the promises they have made, to give meaning to the words in the Treaty. </p> <ul> <li><strong>Where civilians are being targeted and disproportionately killed</strong>, as in Syria and Gaza, we expect governments to stop the flow of arms and ammunition – as they have promised in the ATT.  </li> <li><strong>Where countries are being destabilised and are unable to develop to meet the needs of their people</strong>, as like in South Sudan and Central African Republic, Oxfam expects governments to live up to their word. Governments must act to uphold international law and create the conditions for people to live happier, more fulfilling lives in safe communities everywhere.</li> </ul> <p>Government action, with the support of civil society, to begin robust implementation of the treaty is absolute essential. </p> <p>And so Oxfam hopes that by the next World Humanitarian Day, there will be better controls on the arms trade so we have a more peaceful world where our humanitarian response is called upon less often and people stay alive and well.</p> <h3><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/conflict/controlarms" rel="nofollow">Join in the call for ratification of the UN Arms Trade Treaty</a></h3> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Controlled arms: Oxfam’s hope for the next World Humanitarian Day</h2></div> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:40:54 +0000 Martin Butcher 12491 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/14-08-19-controlled-arms-oxfams-hope-next-world-humanitarian-day#comments ¡Armas bajo Control sacude a la ONU en el primer día de las negociaciones del TCA! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10252 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Hemos vuelto... ¡y esta vez va en serio! Otro mes, otra reunión de la ONU, otra ronda de negociaciones sobre el Tratado Internacional de Comercio de Armas... Pero esta vez algunas cosas son diferentes. </p> <p>Tenemos un <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.217/CRP.1&amp;Lang=E" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">borrador del tratado</a></strong>. Tiene algunas <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/policy/dar-en-el-blanco" rel="nofollow">lagunas</a></strong> que se deben corregir, pero es un buen comienzo. Y tenemos un movimiento global: de Addis Abeba a Libreville y de Kingstown a  La Haya, los gobiernos y miembros de la coalición <strong><a href="http://controlarms.org/es/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Armas bajo Control</a></strong> se han ido reuniendo  para prepararse para estas negociaciones.</p> <p>¡Y ahora empezamos con ganas!</p> <ul><li><strong>Sillones</strong>: Ban Ki Moon abrió las negociaciones preguntando en su <strong><a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_UNSG.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">discurso</a></strong> por qué el comercio de sillones está regulado pero no el de las armas. La Misión del Reino Unido en Nueva York, por su parte, twiteó, algunos de nuestros datos clave. Es bueno comprobar que los gobiernos también usan nuestras investigaciones. </li> <li><strong>Actores</strong>: Nuestra primera rueda de prensa con el actor de Hollywood y embajador de Oxfam,<strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/about/ambassadors/djimon-hounsou" rel="nofollow"> Djimon Hounsou</a></strong>, el Jefe de la Delegación de México y Geoffery Duke, un socio de Sudán del Sur, fue muy bien acogida por los medios de comunicación ante las Naciones Unidas y ha dado lugar a varios artículos buenos.</li> <li><strong>Increíble apoyo por parte de algunos países</strong>: Más tarde por la mañana, México pronunció un potente <strong><a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_Mexico-group.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">discurso de apertura</a></strong> en nombre de los 108 Estados decididos a ver mejoras en el texto y convencidos que un tratado débil sería peor que no tener tratado. Armas bajo Control está de acuerdo.</li> <li><strong>Esmoquin</strong>: A las seis de la tarde,  los delegados llenaron nuestra Recepción Inaugural, que incluyó las intervenciones de Paul O'Brien, de Oxfam, el ministro finlandés de Asuntos Exteriores Errki Tuomioja, el actor Djimon Hounsou y el Presidente de la Conferencia sobre el Tratado de Comercio de Armas, el Embajador Peter Woolcott. Varios ministros de Exteriores de otros estados también asistieron al evento, calificado por muchos delegados como excelente.</li> <li><strong>Ejercicio</strong>: También hemos recibido el apoyo de<strong> <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/es/blogs/12-07-09-encuentro-con-julius-arile-de-la-campana-armas-bajo-control-un-mensaje-desde-kenia">Julius Arile</a></strong> 'Un Millón de rostros', que corrió la media maratón de Nueva York, el domingo, con los colores de la coalición Armas bajo Control. Era su primera carrera en clima frío (y  también la primera vez que vio la nieve). Consiguió un resultado muy bueno, terminando octavo, a sólo 36 segundos del ganador y récord mundial, su compañero keniano Wilson Kipsang.</li> <li><strong>Tuits:</strong> Twitter está vibrando con el hashtag<strong><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23armstreaty" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> #armstreaty</a></strong>. ¡Por favor, únete a nosotros! Además, estamos consiguiendo que algunos tuiteros de alto perfil, incluyendo Stephen Fry, retuiteen nuestros mensajes. También hemos compartido un montón de imágenes y gráficos en la página de <strong><a href="http://www.facebook.com/ControlArms" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook de la coalición Armas bajo Control</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>Por último, si aún no has visto estos <strong>dos vídeos sobre el Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas</strong>, hazlo ahora y compártelos (solo disponibles en inglés). El primero viene de Oxfam América:</p> <p></p> <p>Y uno de Cassette Boy y Amnistía Internacional:</p> <p>Echa un vistazo a nuestra lista de tuiteros clave de las negociaciones de armas de la ONU del Tratado de Comercio en Nueva York:<em> <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty</strong></a></em></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>¡Armas bajo Control sacude a la ONU en el primer día de las negociaciones del TCA!</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-20-control-arms-has-rocked-un-first-day-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations" title="Control Arms has rocked the UN on the first day of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-20-campagne-controlez-armes-fait-bouger-nations-unies" title="La campagne Contrôlez les armes fait bouger les Nations unies !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:48:54 +0000 Anna MacDonald 10252 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/10252#comments Control Arms has rocked the UN on the first day of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations! http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-20-control-arms-has-rocked-un-first-day-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>We're back... and this time it's serious! Another month, another UN meeting, another round of Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) negotiations. But this time some things are different.</strong></p> <p>We have a <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/CONF.217/CRP.1&amp;Lang=E" rel="nofollow">draft treaty text</a></strong> – it's got some <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/getting-it-right" rel="nofollow">loopholes that must be fixed</a></strong>, but it's a good start. And we have momentum – from Addis Ababa to Libreville to Kingstown to The Hague governments and <strong><a href="http://controlarms.org" rel="nofollow">Control Arms Coalition</a></strong> members have been getting together to prepare for these negotiations.</p> <p><strong>And now we have kicked off in style!</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Armchairs: </strong>Ban Ki Moon <strong>opened the negotiations</strong>, <strong><a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_UNSG.pdf" rel="nofollow">asking</a></strong> why armchairs are regulated but not arms in his speech. The UK Mission in New York has been <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/UKUN_NewYork/status/313930477658570752" rel="nofollow">tweeting</a></strong> some of our killer facts – good to see our research being so widely used by governments!</li> <li><strong>Actors</strong>: Our first press briefing with <strong>Hollywood actor and Oxfam global ambassador <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/about/ambassadors/djimon-hounsou" rel="nofollow">Djimon Hounsou</a></strong>, the Head of the Mexican Delegation and Geoffery Duke, a partner from South Sudan was really well attended by the UN press corps and led to some <strong><a href="http://www.looktothestars.org/news/9884-djimon-hounsou-joins-stars-in-supporting-strong-arms-trade-treaty" rel="nofollow">good opening articles</a></strong>.</li> <li><strong>Amazing</strong> states: Later in the morning <strong>Mexico delivered a <a href="http://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/att/negotiating-conference-ii/statements/18March_Mexico-group.pdf" rel="nofollow">strong opening statement</a></strong> on behalf of an amazing 108 states, determined to see improvements to the text and stating that a weak treaty would be worse than no treaty. Control Arms agrees.</li> <li><strong>Tuxedos</strong>: At 6pm delegates packed out our <strong>Opening Night reception</strong>, which included remarks from Oxfam's Paul O'Brien, Finnish Foreign Minister Errki Tuomioja, Actor Djimon Hounsou and ATT President Ambassador Peter Woolcott. Several other Foreign Ministers also attended the reception, which many delegates commented on as an excellent event.</li> <li><strong>Thighs</strong>: We have also been supported by <strong>'Millionth Face' <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya">Julius Arile</a></strong>, who ran the NYC half-marathon on Sunday for Control Arms, his first ever race in cold weather (and his first time to see snow). He did really well, finishing in 8th place, only 36 seconds behind the World Record holder and winner, fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang.</li> <li><strong>Tweets: Twitter is buzzing</strong> on the <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23armstreaty" rel="nofollow">#armstreaty</a></strong> hashtag, please join in! And we are getting some high-profile tweeters including Stephen Fry re-tweeting our messages. Plus, lots of reactive infographics going out on the <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/ControlArms" rel="nofollow">Control Arms Facebook page</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>Finally, if you have not yet seen these <strong>two amazing Arms Trade Treaty videos</strong>, they are worth a look (and please promote), one from Oxfam America:</p> <p>And one from Cassette Boy and Amnesty International:</p> <em>Check out our list of key tweeters from the UN Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in NYC: <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>https://twitter.com/Oxfam/arms-trade-treaty</strong></a></em></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Control Arms has rocked the UN on the first day of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations!</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-20-campagne-controlez-armes-fait-bouger-nations-unies" title="La campagne Contrôlez les armes fait bouger les Nations unies !" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/13-03-21-armas-bajo-control-sacude-onu-primer-dia-negociaciones-TCA" title="¡Armas bajo Control sacude a la ONU en el primer día de las negociaciones del TCA!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:21:25 +0000 Anna MacDonald 10249 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-20-control-arms-has-rocked-un-first-day-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations#comments Fighting for an Arms Trade Treaty at the UN General Assembly http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-10-12-fighting-arms-trade-treaty-un-general-assembly <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>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).</strong> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.un.org/en/ga/first/" rel="nofollow"><strong>UNGA First Committee</strong></a> 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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><em>Check out Kate's <a href="http://ht.ly/eqK49%20" rel="nofollow"><strong>Tweeterview from today</strong></a>, for more insight into the latest on the UN Arms Trade Treaty process.</em></p> <p> </p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><strong>Sign up: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty">Support a bulletproof arms trade treaty</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-08-13-global-arms-trade-treaty-marathon-not-sprint">A global Arms Trade Treaty: a marathon not a sprint</a></strong></p> <p><strong>In depth: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy?keys=ATT" rel="nofollow">Oxfam policy reports supporting an Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Fighting for an Arms Trade Treaty at the UN General Assembly</h2></div> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 15:40:18 +0000 Kate Hughes 10042 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-10-12-fighting-arms-trade-treaty-un-general-assembly#comments A global Arms Trade Treaty: a marathon not a sprint http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-08-13-global-arms-trade-treaty-marathon-not-sprint <div class="field field-name-body"><p><em>The fight for an Arms Trade Treaty has been a marathon – not a sprint. Here, Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control Anna Macdonald sets out why she believes it’s worth staying the course.</em></p> <p><strong>The world has come within a hair’s breadth of agreeing a global Arms Trade Treaty. This would have been a huge step in the right direction for preventing genocide and human rights abuses by bringing the arms trade under control – and given the shocking atrocities unraveling in Syria each day, it’s definitely long overdue.</strong></p> <p>But on the last day of <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/" target="_blank" title="UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty - 2-27 July 2012, New York" rel="nofollow">month-long negotiations at the UN</a></strong>, with agreement seemingly about to be reached,  the <strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/28/world/proponents-of-arms-trade-treaty-urge-final-approval.html/" title="U.N. Misses Its Deadline for Arms Pact - The New York Times - July 27, 2012" rel="nofollow">United States blocked the treaty</a></strong>, saying it needed more time to consider it. A final text had to be adopted on "the basis of consensus", a procedural rule insisted on by the US itself, and which effectively gave each country a veto. It was an anti-climax to a month of negotiations that had showed such promise. </p> <p>Frustration among supporter states quickly turned into determination, and a group statement from 90 states was read out by Mexico as the conference closed, laying down clearly that <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressrelease/2012-07-28/battle-arms-trade-treaty-continues-governments-opt-delay-final-dea" target="_blank" title="Battle for an Arms Trade Treaty continues as Governments opt to delay final deal" rel="nofollow">they will continue to work for a strong ATT</a></strong> as soon as possible.</p> <p>The battle for an ATT has been a marathon.  A decade ago when we launched the <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/conflict/controlarms" target="_blank" title=" Join the campaign for a global Arms Trade Treaty" rel="nofollow">Control Arms campaign</a></strong>, the Arms Trade Treaty was dismissed by many governments as an idealistic fantasy. Activists around the world refused to give up, eventually the governments started listening – and have now spent a month discussing in detail every aspect of how to make the treaty a reality.</p> <h3>The fight is not over</h3> <p>Negotiations may have ended in a lack of consensus this time, but the fight is by no means over. Our hopes are now pinned on the UN General Assembly, which opens in late-September.   The General Assembly works on the basis of majority voting, not consensus so it is entirely feasible for an improved Treaty text to now be tabled and voted on.</p> <p><strong>The draft treaty text provides a basis for states to now build on</strong>, and which will enable the arms trade to brought under control. Work needs to be done to improve the text as there are still several loopholes – almost all there at the insistence of the US – which must be removed; but it remains a significant achievement. </p> <p>Indeed, there is much in the text which we can be proud of, including the centrality of <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/devil-detail-criteria-att" target="_blank" title=" The importance of comprehensive and legally binding criteria for arms transfers" rel="nofollow">strong criteria</a></strong> around international humanitarian and human rights law, as well as sustainable development, anti-corruption measures and gender-based violence. Conventional weapons, their parts and components and <strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/stop-bullet-stop-war" target="_blank" title=" Why ammunition must be included in the Arms Trade Treaty" rel="nofollow">ammunition</a></strong> are in there. </p> <h3>Key changes are needed</h3> <p>It was positive to see the UK government stating their determination to see an ATT achieved in an open letter to the Control Arms coalition on Friday, but they were disappointingly coy both about the need to strengthen the text, and the specifics of the UN First Committee where a resolution will be tabled. The next stage MUST be with an improved text, not the loopholes that currently exist.  Now that the next phase is not bound by consensus, the UK and other treaty supporters should be immediately pushing for the strongest possible text, not compromising with loopholes imposed by the state which scuppered the July negotiations. </p> <p><strong>Among key changes needed in the draft, ammunition, the fuel of conflict</strong>, must be subject to the same controls as other arms; annual reporting by states must be public, not secret; and a current clause allowing “existing defence cooperation” contracts to continue needs to be removed.</p> <p>Strong treaties set international standards, and affect the behavior of all states, not just signatories. Strong treaties gain new members as well over the years. Weak treaties are…..weak treaties, and are rarely strengthened. </p> <h3>We must keep the pressure</h3> <p><strong>I have been fighting to help make an Arms Trade Treaty a reality for nearly a decade.</strong> For me, the reason why this all matters comes back to <strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya" title=" a message from Kenya">Julius Arile</a></strong>, a young man from Kenya, who has been both a perpetrator and a victim of armed violence. He now uses his experience to campaign for peace, and to persuade other young people to put down their guns. </p> <p><strong>Julius got involved in armed violence as a young man.</strong> His brother had just been shot in dead in a cattle raid on his village and so he picked up a gun and joined other young men in retaliatory raids. After his best friend died next to him, he put down his gun, and started to run instead. He discovered a new skill, and a new life opened up for him as a professional runner. </p> <p>Earlier this summer, I spent a week in Kenya with Julius. I travelled to his home village in West Pokot,  in the north-west, and met with many survivors of armed violence. Their stories of armed cattle raiding, of children being caught in the crossfire, and of families being destroyed were heartbreaking.  Their appeal to the world to stop the flood of weapons into their communities was equally strong.  None of the weapons killing these people’s families were made in Africa - yet it is African lives they have destroyed. </p> <p><strong>As a marathon runner Julius knows all about pacing, about stamina and above all determination.</strong> All those working for an ATT will need to dig deep and find those skills now. </p> <p>There is no doubt in my mind that we will see an Arms Trade Treaty achieved.  We will need to work to get there. The text needs to be strengthened, supporter states need to regroup and campaigners must keep up the pressure in capitals around the world. </p> <p><strong>Global change can - and does - happen.</strong> It is not a sprint, it takes a long time. But with persistence, drive and downright tenacity, we will get there.  It is too important not to.  With momentum growing for an autumn agreement, the UK government will need to choose if they stay as a race leader or get left behind.</p> <h3>Related links</h3> <p><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty"></a><strong>Sign up: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty">Support a bulletproof arms trade treaty</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-07-20-uk-and-us-save-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations">UK and US: Save the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations</a></strong></p> <p><strong>In depth: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy?keys=ATT" rel="nofollow">Oxfam policy reports supporting an Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>A global Arms Trade Treaty: a marathon not a sprint</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-08-13-marathon-traite-commerce-armes" title="Le marathon du traité sur le commerce des armes" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/12-08-16-un-tratado-sobre-el-comercio-de-armas-es-un-maraton-no-una-carrera" title="Un Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas: es un maratón, no una carrera" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:15:50 +0000 Anna MacDonald 9933 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-08-13-global-arms-trade-treaty-marathon-not-sprint#comments UK and US: Save the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-07-20-uk-and-us-save-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>At the Arms Trade Treaty conference at the UN in New York, delegates have been dragging their feet, playing musical chairs and generally skirting around discussions. </strong>With disagreements from the start, the talks are not on track. So, we need States to pick up the pace to ensure that a bulletproof treaty is agreed when the conference closes on July 27th.</p> <p><strong>We are on the brink of an historic victory in the creation of a worldwide Arms Trade Treaty. </strong>Yet, despite our campaigning, a small minority of sceptical countries continue to delay talks and argue for a weak treaty that would have little effect. More than ever before, your voice is urgently needed, to ensure that governments deliver on a strong and comprehensive Treaty.</p> <p><strong>When it comes to armed violence, the numbers are scary. <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/stop-bullet-stop-war" rel="nofollow">12 billion bullets</a></strong> are produced ever year, enough to kill each person on earth twice. Every day 1,500 people are killed in armed violence around the world - 750,000 a year – and that's not counting the thousands more who are injured, raped, or forced to flee from their homes as a result of the unregulated global arms trade. Many of the weapons used in these killings are illegally-traded small arms, yet there are no global rules for the arms trade.</p> <p>Right now, you can make a difference by targeting two of the most influential players in the negotiations; UK Foreign Minister William Hague and the US President, Barack Obama.</p> <h3><strong>Act now: </strong><strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/find-an-action/arms-treaty-hague" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Tell William Hague to help get the talks back on track</a></strong></h3> <p>The UK is one country that has come out strongly in support of rigorous criteria to prevent any arms transfers which would violate human rights law, saying the treaty "<a href="http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/global-issues/arms-control/arms-trade-treaty/" rel="nofollow"><strong>has the potential to bring real and significant benefits to UN all member states</strong></a>."</p> <p>But over the last several days, new discussion papers have been released on various aspects of the Treaty, which, while not to be considered as Treaty text, are a strong indication of what the final Treaty will look like when presented very soon. Many of the elements that <a href="http://www.controlarms.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Control Arms</strong></a> has called for are not in these papers.</p> <p>If we want a bulletproof treaty, now is the time to speak out for these elements to be reintroduced. And now William Hague must use his influence to bring the talks back on track.</p> <h3><strong>Act now:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="https://secure.oxfamamerica.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&amp;page=UserAction&amp;id=1325&amp;autologin=true&amp;utm_source=ATT120718&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_content=2995621&amp;utm_campaign=OAAFadvocacy&amp;JServSessionIdr004=ie3wsn7l22.app228b" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Tell President Obama: Don't cave on the Arms Trade Treaty!</strong></a></h3> <p>President Obama's negotiating team is sitting down with other UN delegates this week to discuss the final elements of the Arms Trade Treaty – but they are about to take a step in the wrong direction.</p> <p>Instead of creating a bulletproof treaty that finally regulates the international exchange of arms, the US and other UN delegations could cave in and allow a major loophole that would let states legally supply weapons to war criminals and human rights abusers by citing national security concerns. A loophole like this could open the treaty up to easy exploitation by people in power who support rogue regimes, including those that suppress human rights and prey on their own populations. You can tell Obama to stand up for millions of people who could be affected by armed violence.</p> <p>A strong Arms Trade Treaty – one that values human rights and prevents arms from getting to human rights abusers in the first place – is a vital part of our ongoing fight against poverty and injustice. <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/conflict/controlarms" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Oxfam</strong></a> has been campaigning for international arms regulations for nearly a decade, but it all comes down to what happens at the UN negotiations.</p> <h3>Read more</h3> <p><strong>The Control Arms campaign: </strong><strong><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty">Join the call for a bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty</a> </strong></p> <p><strong>FAQs: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/conflict/controlarms/why-we-need-global-arms-trade-treaty" rel="nofollow">Why we need an Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>UK and US: Save the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations</h2></div> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:15:31 +0000 Øistein Thorsen 9915 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-07-20-uk-and-us-save-arms-trade-treaty-negotiations#comments Encuentro con Julius Arile, de la campaña Armas bajo Control: un mensaje desde Kenia http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/9903 <div class="field field-name-body"><p>A tan sólo unos días del inicio la reunión de gobiernos en Nueva York para negociar el Tratado sobre el Comercio de Armas que podría ordenar el flujo descontrolado de armas y municiones; me reuní con un amigo de muchos años de la campaña, Julius Arile, en su casa de Pokot Occidental, en la provincia noroeste de Kenia en el Valle del Rift.</p> <p> </p> <p>Cuando era joven, Julius estuvo involucrado en violencia armada. <strong><a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/policy/briefingnotes/bn_ak_47_es" rel="nofollow">Con una AK47</a></strong> robaba ganado y describe su vida en ese entonces:</p> <p>“[La vida] era muy difícil. No sabíamos lo que nos esperaba, así que peleábamos y estábamos armados.”</p> <p>“Un día, los Karamojong (un grupo étnico de Uganda) nos atacaron, peleamos y mi amigo fue asesinado frente a mis ojos. Cuando lo vi morir, huí, y fue cuando me di cuenta de que ‘esto no estaba bien’. La próxima vez podía ser yo, así que dejé las armas.”</p> <p>Fue en ese momento que Julius decidió convencer a otras personas de dejar las armas y la vía violenta. Dejó su AK47 y se convirtió en activista a favor de la paz y en líder de su comunidad; además se embarcó en una nueva y emocionante vida: se hizo corredor de maratones. En 2006, Julius acudió a las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York para pedirle al entonces Secretario General Ban Ki-moon y a otros líderes que empezaran a trabajar en un tratado sobre el comercio de armas.</p> <p>De la misma manera que Julius, otras personas han dejado las armas para unirse a la campaña de Control de Armas desde 2006. Sin embargo, los esfuerzos de la gente no serán fructíferos para terminar con los abusos a los derechos humanos, si los gobiernos no actúan para frenar el flujo de armas dentro de las comunidades más pobres y las zonas más conflictivas, a través de la firma de un Tratado efectivo y fortalecido de Comercio de Armas.</p> <p>En la petición hecha a la ONU, Julius llama a los gobiernos a dar un solo mensaje: apoyar un Tratado de Comercio de Armas que realmente haga la diferencia en las vidas y comunidades como la suya.</p> Actúa ahora <p><strong>Firma: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/es/blogs/12-06-04-armas-bajo-control-queremos-un-tratado-prueba-de-balas">¡Queremos un tratado a prueba de balas!</a></strong></p> Más información: <p><strong>Informe: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/es/policy/un-atraco-mano-armada" rel="nofollow">Un atraco a mano armada: Cómo la falta de regulación del comercio de armas está paralizando el desarrollo</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Encuentro con Julius Arile, de la campaña Armas bajo Control: un mensaje desde Kenia</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_en first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya" title="Meeting the Control Arms &#039;Millionth Supporter&#039; Julius Arile: a message from Kenya" class="translation-link" xml:lang="en">English</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-07-02-rencontre-avec-julius-arile-millionieme-visage-campagne-controlez-armes" title="Rencontre avec Julius Arile, le « Millionième visage » de la campagne Contrôlez les armes" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:02:25 +0000 Anna MacDonald 9903 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/node/9903#comments Meeting the Control Arms 'Millionth Supporter' Julius Arile: a message from Kenya http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya <div class="field field-name-body"><p>With just a few days before governments meet in New York to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty that could bring the uncontrolled trade of arms and ammunition to heel, I met with a <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/news/pressreleases2006/pr060626_arms_petition" rel="nofollow"><strong>long-time friend</strong></a> of the campaign, Julius Arile, in his home of West Pokot, in the Rift Valley province of North-West Kenya.</p> <p> </p> <p>As a young man, Julius was involved in armed violence. He would rustle cattle armed with an <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/bn0606_ak47" rel="nofollow"><strong>AK47</strong></a>. He describes life then:</p> <p>"[Life] was very difficult. We didn't know what was ahead of us, so we used to fight and we used guns.</p> <p>"One day, the <strong><a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/katine/2009/feb/17/karamojong-background" rel="nofollow">Karamojong</a></strong> [an ethnic group from Uganda] came to us, to attack our place. Then we were fighting. My friend was killed beside me. When I saw him die, I ran. And that's when I realised 'this is not good'. Next time it could have been me. So I took off my gun."</p> <p>That was when Julius decided to tell others to do the same; lay down their weapons and move away from violence and fighting. He gave up his AK47 to become a peace activist and leader in his community, as well as embarking on an exciting new life for himself, as a <strong><a href="http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/biographies/letter=l/athcode=248699/index.html" rel="nofollow">marathon runner</a></strong>. In 2006, Julius came to the United Nations in New York to ask the then Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other leaders to start work on an arms trade treaty.</p> <p>Like Julius, others have put down their guns to join the Control Arms campaign since 2006. But the efforts of individuals can only be successful in putting an end to gun-related human rights abuses if governments act to stop the flood of weapons into the world's poorest communities and the worst conflict zones, by signing a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty.</p> <p>In his plea to leaders at the UN, Julius calls governments to give one unified message: to support an Arms Trade Treaty that really makes a difference to lives and communities like his.</p> Take action <p><strong>Sign up: <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty">Support a bulletproof arms trade treaty</a></strong></p> Related links: <p><strong>Watch: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRsqkFA1Lh0" rel="nofollow">Anna MacDonald explains why we need a global Arms Trade Treaty now</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Read: <a href="http://attmonitor.posterous.com/" rel="nofollow">ATT Monitor: Control Arms blog</a></strong></p> <p><strong>In depth: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy?keys=ATT" rel="nofollow">Oxfam policy reports supporting an Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Meeting the Control Arms &#039;Millionth Supporter&#039; Julius Arile: a message from Kenya</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-07-02-rencontre-avec-julius-arile-millionieme-visage-campagne-controlez-armes" title="Rencontre avec Julius Arile, le « Millionième visage » de la campagne Contrôlez les armes" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> <li class="translation_es last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/12-07-09-encuentro-con-julius-arile-de-la-campana-armas-bajo-control-un-mensaje-desde-kenia" title="Encuentro con Julius Arile, de la campaña Armas bajo Control: un mensaje desde Kenia" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> </ul> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:55:42 +0000 Anna MacDonald 9896 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-06-26-control-arms-millionth-supporter-julius-arile-kenya#comments What does a gun mean to you? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-06-22-what-does-gun-mean-you <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Ahead of the history-making decision on the Arms Trade Treaty less than two weeks from now -- starting July 2 in New York at the United Nations -- the <a href="http://controlarms.org/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Control Arms Coalition</strong></a> set up a series of exclusive interviews with four high-profile personalities.</p> <p>The interviewees provide personal views on why the future Arms Trade Treaty is a game changer and can make a real difference in the world's most dangerous conflict-zones.</p> <p>In this short clip, they answer the simple question: "<strong>What does a gun mean to you?</strong>"</p> <p>This is a preview of a short film produced and directed by Minos Papas of <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/CyprianFilms" rel="nofollow"><strong>Cyprian Films NY</strong></a>, which will be release this summer during the talks at the United Nations.</p> <p>The four interviewees are:</p> <p><strong>Stuart Franklin Platt</strong> - Rear Admiral, United States Navy (Retired) who has capped a distinguished career in the US Navy with his appointment during the Reagan administration to serve as the country's first Competition Advocate General (the Navy's top businessman in uniform).</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/IshmaelBeah" rel="nofollow"><strong>Ishmael Beah</strong></a> - Born in Sierra Leone, Ishmael is an ex-child soldier and became a New York Times bestselling author with his chronicle A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/kathilynnaustin" rel="nofollow"><strong>Kathi Lynn Austin</strong></a> - Kathi is an experienced and internationally recognized expert on arms trafficking, peace and security, and human rights. For nearly 20 years, Ms. Austin has carried out in-depth field investigations into the illegal trade in weapons, illicit trafficking operations, illegal resource exploitation, transnational crime and terrorism.</p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/reflextv" rel="nofollow"><strong>Paul Conroy</strong></a> - War photographer Paul Conroy, nearly killed in Syria this spring, is a seasoned freelance photographer / cameraman / editor with extensive experience in hostile environment, Paul had been working alongside the late Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin in Libya and Syria.</p> <h3>Take action</h3> <p><strong>Join the call to <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty">support a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Share</strong>: tell us 'What does a gun mean to you?" on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ControlArms" rel="nofollow"><strong>Facebook</strong></a> and <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/#!/controlarms" rel="nofollow">Twitter</a></strong> (use <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23armstreaty" rel="nofollow"><strong>#armstreaty</strong></a>)</p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>What does a gun mean to you? </h2></div> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:34:06 +0000 Louis Belanger 10043 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-06-22-what-does-gun-mean-you#comments Control Arms: sign up to support a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty <div class="field field-name-body"><p><strong>Every year, millions of people worldwide are killed, injured, raped and repressed because of a poorly regulated arms trade that fuels human rights abuses, conflict and poverty.</strong></p> <p>It’s time to act. It’s an appalling joke that bananas are more tightly regulated than guns. That’s why we are demanding that governments agree to a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that protects everyone.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Unregulated arms cause serious human rights abuses</strong>, poverty and war crimes; small arms alone kill more people every year than the atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. They paralyze health, education and other services. The world needs a solid Arms Trade Treaty that prevents the transfer of small arms, weapons and munitions if they are likely to contribute to the loss of human rights, lives and livelihoods.</p> <p>On July 2, the world’s governments will meet at the UN Headquarters in New York to agree the terms of an ATT. Now is the time to make our voices heard to ensure a strong, effective and loophole-free treaty that covers all conventional arms, including ammunition. </p> <p><strong>We know that piling pressure on governments works</strong> and we know that such a treaty can be a reality. Since launching the campaign in 2003, we’ve had support for an ATT from over a million people worldwide. Nine years later, we need your support to make the treaty a reality, to stop weapons falling into the hands of militias, mafias and mass-murderers.</p> <p><strong>One person dies every minute from armed violence.</strong> In that same minute, 15 new arms are manufactured. This has to stop.</p> <p>Still need convincing? The Control Arms campaign has been nominated for the <strong><a href="http://www.controlarms.org/news.php?id=3211" rel="nofollow">2012 Nobel Peace Prize</a></strong>.</p> <p><em><a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty"><strong>Sign the petition</strong></a> to call on every government to secure an Arms Trade Treaty that effectively prevents arms from fuelling such atrocities and abuses.</em></p> <em></em>Related links: <p><strong>Read the report: <a href="http://www.oxfam.org/en/policy/devil-detail-criteria-att" rel="nofollow">The Devil is in the Detail: The importance of comprehensive and legally binding criteria for arms transfers</a></strong></p> <p><strong>Follow the negotiations at <a href="http://attmonitor.posterous.com/" rel="nofollow">Arms Trade Treaty monitor</a></strong></p> <p><strong><strong>Tracking States' positions on key issues concerning the Arms Trade Treaty <a href="http://armstreaty.org/" rel="nofollow">armstreaty.org</a></strong></strong></p> <p><strong>More at <strong><a href="http://www.controlarms.org/news.php?id=3211" rel="nofollow">Control Arms</a></strong></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Control Arms: sign up to support a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_es first"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/es/blogs/12-06-04-armas-bajo-control-queremos-un-tratado-prueba-de-balas" title="Armas bajo Control: ¡Queremos un tratado a prueba de balas!" class="translation-link" xml:lang="es">Español</a></li> <li class="translation_fr last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/12-05-29-controlez-armes-affichez-soutien-traite-commerce-armes" title="Contrôlez les armes : affichez votre soutien pour un traité sur le commerce des armes à toute épreuve" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Fri, 25 May 2012 15:48:19 +0000 Rosie Cowling 10044 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/12-05-25-control-arms-sign-press-world-governments-support-bulletproof-arms-trade-treaty#comments