An interview with Ross Robertson, MP (New Zealand) – Assistant Speaker of Parliament and President of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)

Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) is a long-time advocate for arms control and disarmament. It sits on the Board of the Control Arms coalition and has been a key

partner in advancing the coalition’s Global Parliamentarian Declaration on the Arms
Trade Treaty
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In this interview with their President, Ross Robertson, he reflects on the role of parliamentarians in the ATT process as well as the challenges we will face to conclude a strong treaty. Mr. Robertson is a New Zealand politician for the Labour Party. His current parliamentary roles include Assistant Speaker and Associate Spokesperson for Disarmament. He has been a member of parliament since 1987.

On a more personal level, I think it is important to remember that Legislators often have constituents who have been directly impacted by irresponsible transfer/control of arms which has resulted in loss of life or terrible, life-long injuries. We owe it to them and their families, as we do to everyone else, to make sure we have a robust ATT in place – and as soon as possible. It is a terrible indictment of all of us that we live in a world where tens of thousands of people lose their lives or are seriously injured every year because of inadequate regulation of the transfer/export of conventional weapons.”  Read the full interview.

April 19, 2012
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March 30, 2012
March 27, 2012