Control Arms is a global civil society alliance campaigning for a "bulletproof" Arms Trade Treaty that will protect lives and livelihoods. A "bulletproof" Arms Trade Treaty means an international legally-binding agreement that will stop transfers of arms and ammunitions that fuel conflict, poverty and serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.

To join the Control Arms Campaign as an individual or an organisation please visit the "Join & Act" section.

Find out who supports a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty here.

The idea of an arms trade treaty first came from Nobel Peace Laureates, supported by civil society organizations worldwide.

In 2003, the Control Arms Campaign was launched and has since gathered support for the Arms Trade Treaty from over a million people worldwide.

In 2006, Control Arms handed over a global petition called “Million Faces” to the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan 2006. 

In December 2006, 153 governments finally voted at the United Nations to start work on developing a global Arms Trade Treaty. Momentum for the treaty has been building ever since.

In 2009 the UN General Assembly launched a time frame for the negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty. This included one preparatory meeting in 2010 and two in 2011, before the final negotiating conference scheduled for July 2012.

The members of the Control Arms Steering Board were elected in July 2010 and consist of:

Multinational Organisations

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
Parliamentarians for Global Action

Specialist Organisations

Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
Arms Control Association
Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP)
Project Ploughshares

Regional Organisations

Africa Peace Forum
Non-Violence International
Permanent Peace Movement (PPM)
Sou da Paz
The West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA)
Viva Rio

The following organizations serve as co-chairs: Oxfam, Sou da Paz, Non-Violence International and Project Ploughshares.

Control Arms is a global civil society alliance campaigning for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty.


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