Oxfam International Blogs - ATT http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/tags/att en After Mexico's Arms Trade Treaty meeting, will African states help control arms? http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-09-01-after-mexicos-arms-trade-treaty-meeting-will-african-states-help-control-arms <div class="field field-name-body"><p>This week has been a successful and inspiring one for me at the <strong><a href="http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/csp1/">First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty</a></strong> (ATT) here in Cancun. Much has been achieved that lays good and necessary groundwork for the future operation of the treaty. This is very welcome as having a strong ATT is extremely important for addressing the arms trade in Africa. However, the continent will only reap the rewards of arms control if African states make the most of the treaty.</p> <p>I and my colleagues, as part of the <a href="http://controlarms.org"><strong>Control Arms Coalition</strong></a>, have taken action to promote our vision for robust and effective operation of the treaty in Africa to delegates at the conference. We’ve told them the <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/controlarms"><strong>dodgy arms deals must stop</strong></a>, and that to achieve this they must make public their reports on arms transfer and their rules and regulations to control those transfers.</p> <p>Oxfam, with the Government of Nigeria and the Control Arms Coalition, held a side event at the conference where I was able to publicise our new campaign for the ATT called Africa Beyond Ratifications: Save Lives.<br /></p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">The brilliant <a href="https://twitter.com/anaomayma">@anaomayma</a> presents at oxfam/control arms side event at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CSP2015?src=hash">#CSP2015</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MKemple">@MKemple</a> <a href="http://t.co/QDgi0VHhYb">pic.twitter.com/QDgi0VHhYb</a></p> <p>— Kim (@KimM_C) <a href="https://twitter.com/KimM_C/status/636996888886165505">August 27, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>At this meeting, I talked about how conflicts and armed violence fuelled by <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/africas%20missing%20bils.pdf"><strong>unregulated arms flows cost Africa billions of dollars</strong></a> and millions of lives. I highlighted for diplomats and civil society the fact that the indirect costs of conflict in Africa are fourteen times the direct costs, and that these wider costs include illiteracy, hunger, under-development and poor health outcomes. Finally, I told our audience that Oxfam is now working to encourage African States to join the ATT, and promoting effective treaty implementation across the continent.</p> <p>Alongside me, Geoffrey L. Duke, Head of Secretariat at the <a href="http://ssansa.org/"><strong>South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms</strong></a>, spoke about his country, now torn apart by violence since the current crisis erupted in 2013. He talked about his hopes for the new peace deal, described the suffering of the South Sudanese people in the conflict, and highlighted how major arms transfers have fuelled that conflict. He emphasised that, had the ATT been properly in place in past years, almost all transfers to South Sudan would have stopped as they would have failed any risk assessment. His words brought home the real need on the ground for <strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/emergencies/crisis-south-sudan">Oxfam’s work</a></strong>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en" xml:lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr" xml:lang="en">"We need help to implement the South Sudan peace agreement.More arms is not part of it"says <a href="https://twitter.com/DukeGeoffrey">@DukeGeoffrey</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/armstreaty?src=hash">#armstreaty</a> <a href="http://t.co/AUeFytMbJp">pic.twitter.com/AUeFytMbJp</a></p> <p>— Fred Lubang (@fredlubang) <a href="https://twitter.com/fredlubang/status/636957168936308736">August 27, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <script async="" src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Throughout the four days of the conference, our Oxfam team was able to work to encourage diplomats to adopt <a href="https://blogs.oxfam.org/en/blogs/15-08-24-arms-trade-treaty-conference-mexico-lets-build-safer-africa"><strong>measures for an effective treaty</strong></a>. Seemingly bureaucratic things, like public reporting, a strong secretariat and cooperation between governments and civil society, are so crucial to the success of the Arms Trade Treaty.</p> <p>Today I’m going home to Addis Ababa energised to carry on Oxfam’s campaign. I’ve had the pleasure to meet a huge number of African diplomats and civil society representatives, with whom I’ll be working in the coming year.</p> <p>I leave knowing that we’ve taken a big step forward towards building a strong network to control arms and build peace in Africa.</p> <p><em>This entry was posted by Omayma Gutbi (<a href="https://twitter.com/anaomayma">@anaomayma</a>), Oxfam's Pan-Africa Rights in Crisis Campaign Manager, on 1 September 2015.</em></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/why-we-need-global-arms-trade-treaty"><strong>Why we need a global Arms Trade Treaty</strong></a></p> </div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>After Mexico&#039;s Arms Trade Treaty meeting, will African states help control arms?</h2></div> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:50:43 +0000 Guest Blogger 27562 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-09-01-after-mexicos-arms-trade-treaty-meeting-will-african-states-help-control-arms#comments Arms Trade Treaty conference in Mexico: Let's build a safer Africa http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-08-24-arms-trade-treaty-conference-mexico-lets-build-safer-africa <div class="field field-name-body"><p>Today is an important milestone in Oxfam’s campaign to control arms and save lives in Africa. The <a href="http://www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/csp1/" rel="nofollow"><strong>first Conference of States Parties</strong></a> (CSP1) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opens in Mexico, twelve years after Oxfam helped launched the Control Arms coalition to campaign for the Treaty. Now Oxfam, working as part of a large delegation of Control Arms member groups, is at CSP1 pressing for the most robust Treaty implementation.  </p> <p><strong>Irresponsible and illegal arms deals continue to fuel conflict in Africa.</strong> In past decades armed violence and conflict have been responsible for millions of deaths in Africa. Moreover, past Oxfam research has shown that, compared to peaceful countries, African countries in conflict have, on average: 50 per cent more infant deaths; 15 percent more undernourished people; life expectancy reduced by five years; 20 percent more adult illiteracy; 2.5 times fewer doctors per patient; and 12.4 per cent less food per person. Armed conflict and violence cost Africa <a href="https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/africas%20missing%20bils.pdf" rel="nofollow"><strong>$300 billion</strong></a> between 1997-2007.</p> <p>This terrible toll has underlined the need for action to control the flow of arms into the continent, and their transfer, often by traffickers, within the continent. Ending the irresponsible and illicit arms trade is the goal of the Arms Trade Treaty. As part of the <a href="http://controlarms.org/en/" rel="nofollow"><strong>Control Arms</strong></a> coalition, Oxfam has campaigned long and hard for the negotiation of the ATT. We were delighted when, in <strong><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-12-23/arms-trade-treaty-enters-force-offering-fresh-hope-protection" rel="nofollow">December 2014</a></strong>, it had the fastest entry into force of any arms control treaty ever. This shows there is political will to shine a light on the global arms trade, and effectively control it to reduce the misery and death caused by conflict and armed violence.  </p> <p><strong>The job at this first ATT Conference</strong> is to make sure the treaty will meet its goals. The conference must set rules for reporting of arms transfers, and transparency of those reports. Public reporting is essential for governments and civil society to be certain that the rules governing the arms trade are being robustly applied. Setting the working methods of future conferences will also be vital if civil society and governments are to cooperate for the best implementation of the ATT possible.  </p> <p><strong>Oxfam, together with Control Arms</strong>, will hold a side event during the Conference with civil society and diplomats to emphasise how important the ATT is for Africa, and to discuss these vital issues of treaty implementation. Nowhere do the rules for Treaty operation matter more, and nowhere will effective implementation of the Treaty save more lives and allow stronger socio-economic development, than Africa.  </p> <p><strong>How do we make a real difference in Africa</strong> from a conference room in Mexico? The prevention of arms flows into conflict areas reduces the intensity of conflict. Possibly the single most important factor in reducing civilian harm is to reduce the ammunition available to combatants, forcing them to take great care with the ammunition they possess. Conversely, unrestricted arms flows fuel conflict, as can be seen in many different countries across the continent. This will be achievable if the rules governing the Treaty provide transparency and strict accountability for the arms trade.  </p> <p><strong>When I return home to Africa</strong> from Mexico I will continue to press this point. In particular, I will work together with my colleagues in the Control Arms network in Africa, to encourage African governments to sign up to the Treaty where, unfortunately, membership remains low. We also need to ensure that those countries which have signed the Treaty implement it robustly – putting in place the best import and export controls possible, and getting the support and assistance they need to do that.  </p> <p>Together, civil society and governments can cut the flows of arms, reduce conflict and build a safer Africa.</p> <p><em>This entry was posted by Omayma Gutbi, Oxfam's Pan-Africa Rights in Crisis Campaign Manager, on 24 August 2015.</em></p> <p><em>Photo: Campaigners for the Control Arms Coalition at the UN Arms Trade Treaty Conference, July 2012, demonstrate in front of the UN Building during the opening of the Diplomatic Conference on the Future Arms Trade Treaty in New York July 2, 2012. Credit: Andrew Kelly/Control Arms</em></p> <h3>You may also like</h3> <p><a href="https://www.oxfam.org/en/campaigns/why-we-need-global-arms-trade-treaty" rel="nofollow"><strong>Why we need a global Arms Trade Treaty</strong></a></p> <p>Please share our graphic:</p> <p><img alt="The cost of armed violence &amp; conflict to Africa is shocking. " title="The cost of armed violence &amp; conflict to Africa is shocking." height="512" width="961" class="media-element file-default" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://l.blogs.oxfam/sites/default/files/att_graphic_twitter_5-final.jpg" /></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Arms Trade Treaty conference in Mexico: Let&#039;s build a safer Africa</h2></div> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:03:01 +0000 Guest Blogger 27512 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/15-08-24-arms-trade-treaty-conference-mexico-lets-build-safer-africa#comments 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 Another day at the office, pushing for a global Arms Trade Treaty http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-22-another-day-office-pushing-global-arms-trade-treaty <div class="field field-name-body"><h3>"What do you actually do all day over there?"</h3> <p>That’s a question a friend back home skyped me on Wednesday. I’ve been working on the <a href="http://www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/ArmsTradeTreaty/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Arms Trade Treaty</strong></a> for <a href="http://blogs.oxfam.org/en/user/profile/anna-macdonald"><strong>a long time now</strong></a>, and spent a lot of time at the various UN meetings. But what actually happens? What do we do all day? I thought I’d have a go at writing it down.</p> <p>Here are  my notes for Thursday 21st March – Day 4 of the negotiations:</p> <ul><li><strong>7am -</strong> Check emails that have come in overnight, there are always loads from Europe with the time difference.</li> <li><strong>8am</strong> - Leadership Team meeting – the Control Arms Coalition has over 150 colleagues at the DipCon, and we organize ourselves through a team structure – Regional Lobby Teams and functional teams like Media, Policy Analysis and Communications. I chair the Leadership team that brings all the team leads together, and we run through the schedule and key lobby messages for today.</li> <li><strong>830am</strong> - Dash over to UN for start of the Coalition Briefing Meeting – the whole coalition meets to run through the objectives for the day,discuss feedback from yesterday and get everything organized for the day ahead</li> <li><strong>9am</strong> - Go over the road to the Japanese Mission to meet the Co-authors – the 7 states that kicked off the ATT process in the UN by tabling the Resolutions on the treaty. We have worked with them since 2006, and discuss what is going well in the negotiations, and where we think there are problems</li> <li><strong>10am</strong> - Brief the press by teleconference with US colleague Nathalie – they are mostly interested in the hot topic of ammunition, Nathalie does a great job in explaining why US objections don’t stack up.</li> <li><strong>1030</strong> - Meeting with the UK delegation, along with six other coalition colleagues. We do a lot of bilateral meetings like this through the day, meeting in small groups with key governments</li> <li><strong>1100</strong> - Sign off on the <strong><a href="http://controlarms.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Control Arms Coalition</a></strong> statements for this afternoon’s NGO session.</li> <li><strong>1200</strong> - Julius Arile, an armed violence survivor from Kenya, our Millionth Supporter, and now a marathon runner does a Twitter Takeover for 30 minutes. My colleague and digital wizz Lorey, helps him tweet his views from <a href="https://twitter.com/controlarms" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>@controlarms</strong></a> on the negotiations and what he wants from an ATT</li> <li><strong>1230</strong> - Quick chat with Iceland – they are really active on the issue of Gender Based Violence in the treaty, and have written a statement that is gathering a lot of signatures from states - its up to 80 states now. Mobilising large groups of states on key issues is a main tactic for the negotiations.</li> <li><strong>1300</strong> - Meet with the Pacific region. Quite a few of us are on government delegations. It’s a way we can offer support to smaller delegations on technical issues, and it also means we then have access to all of the meetings that go on. </li> <li><strong>1320</strong> - Do a phone interview with one of the UN wires. They are interested in the gathering support for ensuring that gender based violence criteria is included, and what the latest state of play on ammunition is.</li> <li><strong>1335</strong> - Get out of the UN for 20 minutes with fellow Control Arms Coaltion co-chair, Roy from <a href="http://www.saferworld.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><strong>Saferworld</strong></a> for a sandwich and to plan for a group meeting we are having with progressive states.</li> <li><strong>1400</strong> - Informal meetings on Scope start in the main room, with the focus again on ammunition – the US are not budging at the moment, but Nigeria asks why when 300 million Africans needs ammo to be covered is it not there?  Meet with a few African states on this issue, and on the improvements needed on Criteria in the text</li> <li><strong>1500</strong> - The Main Plenary starts again</li> <li><strong>1515</strong> - Meet with a group of ATT supporter states, talking about ways to improve the text further, and plan ahead to meet up to share analysis of the next treaty text expected tomorrow. Going to be a busy weekend too!</li> <li><strong>1540</strong> - Back into the plenary to follow the negotiations, and a few bilateral chats with delegations on the important Prohibitions section of the treaty.</li> <li><strong>1700</strong> - UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos gives a statement on behalf of the UN Agencies. It is strong, and makes the case of why the treaty must have human rights, development and humanitarian law up front and centre.</li> <li><strong>1715</strong> - The NGO statements. We get one session within the negotiations given over to NGOs to present their views. 5 colleagues from across the Control Arms Coalition go through our points on what needs to change in the text, reacting to yesterday’s new paper, and emphasizing what must be in the treaty for it to be robust. After us, there is a short session where the pro-gun lobby – all Americans – also get to speak. Their points are irrelevant – the Arms Trade Treaty will not affect domestic gun ownership in the US, and delegates in the room start chatting with each other again as the same points get made again and again.</li> <li><strong>1800</strong> - Session breaks. Roy and myself have a quick meeting with ATT President Ambassador  Peter Woolcott, while other colleagues go to informal sessions on Transit and Transhipment, and others rush out to get food before the evening session re-starts</li> <li><strong>1900</strong> - The formal plenary resumes, and I get to listen to a few statements before another journalist rings.</li> <li><strong>2045</strong> - The plenary finishes early – was scheduled to go to 10, but all eyes are on Friday’s expected text, and so are holding back a bit on interventions.</li> <li><strong>2200</strong> - Informal session on Diversion begins, run by Mexico, another key lead government in this process.</li> <li><strong>2300</strong> - Join some colleagues in nearby bar Pressbox, for a quick drink and chat about media plans for next day.</li> <li><strong>2400</strong> - Crash!</li> </ul><p>A long day, but I’m certainly not the only one. So many people here – diplomats and NGOs are working really hard all hours, giving it their all to try and get this Treaty!</p> <p><strong><em><a href="http://controlarms.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Join the call </a>for a global Arms Trade Treaty now.</em></strong></p></div><div class="field field-name-title"><h2>Another day at the office, pushing for a global Arms Trade Treaty</h2></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="translation_fr first last"><a href="http://l.blogs.oxfam/fr/blogs/13-03-23-journee-coulisses-traite-commerce-armes-onu" title="Une journée dans les coulisses du traité sur le commerce des armes à l&#039;ONU" class="translation-link" xml:lang="fr">Français</a></li> </ul> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:15:03 +0000 Anna MacDonald 10254 at http://l.blogs.oxfam http://l.blogs.oxfam/en/blogs/13-03-22-another-day-office-pushing-global-arms-trade-treaty#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 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