Thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the unregulated global arms trade. The Control Arms campaign is a global civil society alliance that has advocated for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty for over a decade. Comprised of more than 100 civil society organisations throughout the world, Control Arms continues to strive for a world where deadly weapons are kept out of the wrong hands through a regulated arms trade.

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 80 countries are States Parties and another 53 are signatories.

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Lesotho ratifies Arms Trade Treaty, Furthering Robust Year for ATT in ...

Immediately following a robust year of accessions and ratifications in Africa, Lesotho has become the 80th States Party to the Arms Trade... Read more »

Ghana Ratifies Arms Treaty on Eve of First Anniversary...

Ghana has become the 79th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), just days before the Treaty’s first anniversary […]... Read more »

UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia found to violate the ATT...

The British Government is breaking national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the […]... Read more »

ATT Resolution Clears UNGA with Increased State Support...

  On 7 December, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution in a vote that included even more […]... Read more »

ATT Resolution Adopted in Strongly Supportive UN Vote...

On 4 November, the UN First Committee adopted the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution (UN L.54). 150 States voted in favour […]... Read more »

Seychelles Sustains African Momentum By Ratifying ATT...

On 2 November, Seychelles became the 78th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty. Seychelles was one of the first States to sign onto the... Read more »

Critics said arms control in this African state was impossible. Now, i...

What would happen if States with long histories of violence and conflict – States torn apart by civil war and […]... Read more »

Togo becomes 77th States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty...

After years of civil society advocacy, Togo became a States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 8 October […]... Read more »

Death, Disease and Disarmament: Peacebuilding Challenges in Liberia...

[Photo: J. Kofa Torbor, Isaac Dennis, and Momo A. Bainda at Control Arms HQ in New York.]   In an […]... Read more »

Fourth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum Held in New York...

  How can we collectively better advocate for humanitarian crises like those in Yemen, Syria, and Ukraine? How do organisations [&helli... Read more »

Pope Francis Delivers Strong Message on Arms...

Pope Francis delivered a powerful address to the US Congress this week where he denounced those responsible for the irresponsible […]... Read more »

Tuvalu is the latest country to ratify the ATT...

On 4 September, Tuvalu became the 73rd State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty and is the first State to ratify the Treaty […]... Read more »

CSP 2015 Made Progress but Greater Ambition Now Needed to Save Lives...

The first Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty has made progress by laying the foundations for the […]... Read more »

Campaigners Call on Governments to Support Public Reporting...

The issue of transparency and whether States should make their annual reports about arms transfers public has been dominating the […]... Read more »

First Conference of States Parties Opens With a Strong Message: Save L...

Day 1 of the CSP kicked off with a common message: we need strong implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty […]... Read more »

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Global Security, Women Leaders and Championing Workers’ Rights: Final Thoughts on Davos

YEs A few days after arriving back in New York after the World Economic Forum, I’ve been reflecting on the strange experience of living for a week in a snowy [...]

January 29, 2016


Trudeau mania, the power of the image, and how yoghurt can help refugees

YEs If there’s one person having a great World Economic Forum, it’s Justin Trudeau. Appearing on multiple panels, taking selfies with everyone, and [...]

January 23, 2016


Sweet contradictions: Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia

YEs More can be done from this country with a proud past and proven ability to use soft power to achieve change in the world.

January 22, 2016


Venture Capitalists, Cocoa, and Chobani: Day Two at the WEF in Davos

YEs By Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Director I’ve now had my first 24 hours at Davos, which has included: a welcome reception; a surprisingly kicking Indian [...]

January 20, 2016


Discussing Inequality with Billionaires: My First Trip to Davos

YEs Davos boasts a bewildering array of discussions and panels to attend, with a participants list that’s basically a Who’s Who in global influence. But will [...]

January 19, 2016


As World Grapples With Terror Attacks, Activists Call for More Action on Illicit Arms Trade

YEs ‘We must now end this vicious cycle of violence [by] halting the transfer of arms. Civilians who have seen the horror of terrorism and armed conflict in [...]

November 20, 2015


CSP High Level Opening Statement by Alex Galvez

YEs Mi nombre es Alex Galvez. Cuando era adolecente recibí un disparo durante un robo a mano armada en una tienda cuando fui a comprar una gaseosa y resulté [...]

September 04, 2015


What the Arms Trade Treaty means for Latin America

YEs Written by Maria Pia Devoto APP/SHELAC/Control Arms What the Arms Trade Treaty means for Latin America A while ago we were gathered around the bed of a five [...]

August 23, 2015


Why controlling arms is key to sustainable development

YEs Written by Deepayan Basu Ray, ATT Monitor Coordinator, Control Arms   Why controlling arms is key to sustainable development   “bold, ambitious, and [...]

August 23, 2015


Transparency, anti-corruption & the Arms Trade Treaty: What is it good for?

YEs Written by Katie Fish and Ivo Jongejan, Transparency International  Transparency: What is it good for? Corruption has long been the arms trade’s dirty [...]

August 20, 2015


News »

Lesotho ratifies Arms Trade Treaty, Furthering Robust Year for ATT in Africa

Immediately following a robust year of accessions and ratifications in Africa, Lesotho has become the 80th States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty […]

Read more »

Ghana Ratifies Arms Treaty on Eve of First Anniversary

Ghana has become the 79th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), just days before the Treaty’s first anniversary […]

Read more »

UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia found to violate the ATT

The British Government is breaking national, EU and international law and policy by supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia in the […]

Read more »

ATT Resolution Clears UNGA with Increased State Support

  On 7 December, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution in a vote that included even more […]

Read more »

ATT Resolution Adopted in Strongly Supportive UN Vote

On 4 November, the UN First Committee adopted the Arms Trade Treaty Resolution (UN L.54). 150 States voted in favour […]

Read more »

Seychelles Sustains African Momentum By Ratifying ATT

On 2 November, Seychelles became the 78th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty. Seychelles was one of the first States to sign onto the […]

Read more »

Critics said arms control in this African state was impossible. Now, it’s joined the ATT.

What would happen if States with long histories of violence and conflict – States torn apart by civil war and […]

Read more »

Togo becomes 77th States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty

After years of civil society advocacy, Togo became a States Party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 8 October […]

Read more »

Death, Disease and Disarmament: Peacebuilding Challenges in Liberia

[Photo: J. Kofa Torbor, Isaac Dennis, and Momo A. Bainda at Control Arms HQ in New York.]   In an […]

Read more »

Fourth Humanitarian Disarmament Forum Held in New York

  How can we collectively better advocate for humanitarian crises like those in Yemen, Syria, and Ukraine? How do organisations […]

Read more »

Pope Francis Delivers Strong Message on Arms

Pope Francis delivered a powerful address to the US Congress this week where he denounced those responsible for the irresponsible […]

Read more »

Tuvalu is the latest country to ratify the ATT

On 4 September, Tuvalu became the 73rd State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty and is the first State to ratify the Treaty […]

Read more »

CSP 2015 Made Progress but Greater Ambition Now Needed to Save Lives

The first Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty has made progress by laying the foundations for the […]

Read more »

Campaigners Call on Governments to Support Public Reporting

The issue of transparency and whether States should make their annual reports about arms transfers public has been dominating the […]

Read more »

First Conference of States Parties Opens With a Strong Message: Save Lives!

Day 1 of the CSP kicked off with a common message: we need strong implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty […]

Read more »

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