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We can win an international Arms Trade Treaty.

After over 10 years of campaigning we are at the edge of making history. Join the Control Arms campaign and keep up the pressure on governments to agree a bullet proof arms trade treaty.

2013 is the make or break year. This is what we want:

• no arms that contribute to human rights abuses
• no arms that contribute to war crimes
• no arms that keep people in poverty
• yes for global regulation of the arms trade

You can join the campaign by signing up below, and “liking” us on facebook.com/controlarms. Tell your friends to join us too by sharing a short tamen like this with your friends:

“I’m calling on governments to agree an #armstreaty to prevent arms fuelling human suffering. Join us: http://www.facebook.com/ControlArms

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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. Made up of over 100 charity, nonprofit, and nongovernmental groups 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.

In the lead up to CSP 2015, we will be launching the “The 10 reasons for an Arms Trade Treaty” countdown. This countdown will post the 10 top reasons for the Arms Trade Treaty and highlight the importance of effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. We will publish 10 reasons across the 10 days leading up to the CSP. Check out our countdown on Twitter and Facebook, and blog site.

 

Campaigners call on governments to support public reporting

CSP Transparency Action

The issue of transparency and whether States should make their annual reports about arms transfers public has been dominating the first Conference of States Parties.

The arms trade is currently shrouded in secrecy, which means weapons are too easily falling into the hands of those who abuse human rights abuse and diverted into the hands of criminal gangs. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, States Parties will be expected to submit annual reports about all arms imports and exports.

Control Arms campaigners highlighted their call for those reports to be made public by staging a campaign action outside the Moon Palace Convention Centre, where CSP2015 is taking place.

Diplomats from states including the UK, U.S, Norway, Costa Rica, New Zealand and many others joined the campaigners and showed their support for full and public reporting.

Roy Isbister of Saferworld said: “The issue of how open and detailed reporting will be is critical to the success of the Treaty. States have been unaccountable for too long.

First ATT Monitor launched

Today the Control Arms Secretariat launched a new monitoring project, the ATT Monitor, which aims to track the implementation and impact of the ATT through independent research and analysis.

The issue of how transparent States’ reports on arms transfers should be under the ATT is being hotly debated during the first Conference of States Parties, currently taking place in Cancun. Several European states are keen to limit the extent to which reports on transfers are made public.

Deep Basu Ray, ATT Monitor Co-ordinator, said: “How the treaty is interpreted and applied in its earliest years will be vital to its long-term effectiveness and we believe the ATT Monitor will provide useful information for both states and NGOs.

Issues addressed in the first report of the ATT Monitor released include analysis of circumstances in which a transfer should be denied and the risk assessment states must undertake before authorising exports.

 

The governments of Australia, Norway, Mexico, Austria, The Netherlands and Trinidad and Tobago  co-sponsored the Launch event.

Governments highlighted the crucial role that the ATT Monitor will play in securing reporting and transparency of the Arms Trade Treaty. They also paid tribute to the work of Control Arms Coalition in the adoption and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty.

Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco noted “The Arms Treaty Monitor is a testimony to the important contribution of Civil Society Organisations & Control Arms in particular”

You can check out the ATT Monitor here : http://Armstreatymonitor.org

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 to save lives.

Control Arms campaigners woke up early  to unveil a tank sculpted from sand, with a strong message to governments: Save lives and stop dodgy arms deals

The campaign action drew attention to Control Arms’ message to implement a strong Arms Trade Treaty to save lives.

The CSP formally began with an Opening Session, where Control Arms was represented by survivor and advocate Alex Galvez, who told the conference of his own story of being shot during an armed robbery aged just 14:

“When I was shot I thought I was going to die. And I wanted to die, because in Guatemala there aren’t many chances for disabled people as a result of wound firearms. My life experience is just one story amidst millions, that provides an example of what happens when the arms trade is out of control. We must stop this.”

The “save lives” message  was also echoed by Governments throughout the High Level opening session.  The majority of States also paid tribute to the role of civil society, in securing the ATT, and working toward its implementation and universalization. .

Reporting and transparency were also flagged as important issues for strong ATT implementation by some States and will be a feature of discussions over the next few days at CSP 2015.

Tomorrow thematic discussions begin on Rules of Procedure, Financing, ATT Secretariat and Reporting. We wait in hope that today’s positive words turn into constructive action tomorrow.

Stay tuned for more updates from Control Arms from CSP 2015.

10 day countdown to the Conference of States Parties begins!

All energy is now focused on the upcoming first Conference of State Parties (CSP) for the Arms Trade Treaty taking place in Cancun, Mexico from 24-27 August.

Control Arms has launched a 10 day countdown, featuring tweets and Facebook posts giving top 10 reasons why strong ATT implementation is so important.  Please re-tweet and share!

Look out too for the Government of Mexico’s 10 day countdown tweets, each emphasizing a different aspect of the ATT’s provisions.

The CSP offers a critical opportunity for States Parties to make decisions that will guarantee that the ATT is implemented robustly. Decisions taken at this meeting will impact the future of the ATT and its potential to make a difference. That’s why Control Arms is advocating for States to remember their commitment to establishing a treaty that will truly save lives.

More specifically, States Parties at the CSP will take decisions in four key areas. These include the Rules of Procedure for this and all subsequent CSPs, financial rules, the location, staffing and remit of the ATT Secretariat and the important templates that States Parties will use to report on Treaty implementation. States must make swift and effective decisions to ensure that this critical first annual meeting of the ATT is a success.

Up to 1000 delegates are expected to participate, including Foreign Ministers for the first opening day. Members and partners of the Control Arms Coalition from all global regions will also attend, engaging in advocacy with delegates, hosting side events, working with the media and promoting the CSP on social media.

Click here to read Control Arms policy brief for the CSP: Save Lives (also in French and Spanish).

For more information on the CSP 2015 , check out the ATT Provisional Secretariat website : http://thearmstradetreaty.org/index.php/en/ .

As CSP approaches, two more States join the ATT

Two more countries became States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) recently – Mauritius and Niger. This brings the total number of States Parties to 71, with more expected to ratify or accede ahead of the first Conference of States Parties (CSP) next month.

Mauritius submitted its instrument of accession on 23 July. The island country has reason to be vigilant about regulating the arms trade and particularly the actions of brokers after an arms trafficking network was discovered there in 2012, during the first ATT negotiating conference. The government quickly took action to shut down the network. Niger signed the ATT in March 2014, and submitted their instrument of ratification on 27 July. Located in the Sahel region, which has seen greater movement and availability of small arms light weapons since the conflict in Libya and more recently, in Mali, Niger has recently stepped up its efforts to mark and register weapons in order to reduce illicit trafficking.

Control Arms welcomes Mauritius and Niger as States Parties and continues to encourage other governments to join the Treaty. Governments will meet in Mexico from 24-27 August for the first CSP at which important decisions will be taken as to how the Treaty will be implemented and administered in future.

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