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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 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:

The Story So Far

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.

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, two in 2011, and a negotiating conference.

In January 2010, the UN General Assembly decided to convene a Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in 2012. It also requested the assistance of the Secretary-General in compiling a report containing the views of Member States on the proposed treaty elements and other relevant issues relating to the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty.

In July 2012 the Diplomatic Conference on the ATT was held acting as a month-long negotiation for all countries at the United Nations. The conference produced a draft treaty text, but failed to adopt a treaty by consensus after the United States, followed by Russia, and a few other states requested more time.

In November 2012, Member States voted and received a mandate to organize a final UN Conference on the ATT. The vote came on the last day of the UN’s First Committee and was passed with an unprecedented 157 votes in favour, 18 abstentions and 0 votes against.

On 18 – 28 March 2013, the Final Conference took place but it once again failed to produce a successful agreement on a Treaty. However, a large number of Member States moved to take the Treaty to the General Assembly in order to vote on it as quickly as possible.

On 2 April 2013,  The Arms Trade Treaty was finally adopted by a vote of 154 in favour, 3 against, and 23 abstentions.  It opened for signature on June 3rd, 2013!

On 3 June 2013, the ATT opened for signatures. Sixty-seven countries sign on the treaty’s opening day.

On 25 September 2014, only a year and a half after it opening date, the ATT reached the 50 ratifications required ratifications and triggered the treaty’s entry into force, thus becoming the fastest growing UN treaty.

On 24 December 2015, the Arms Trade Treaty entered into force with 61 ratifications and 130 signatures.

On 8-9 September 2014 – The first informal consultation on the Arms Trade Treaty’s First Conference of States Parties (CSP) was held in Mexico City.

On 27-28 November 2014 – The second round of informal consultations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) First Conference of States Parties (1CSP) was hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office and took place in Berlin.

On 23-24 February 2014 – The First Preparatory Meeting toward the First Conference of States (CSP) Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) took place in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

On 20-21 April – The Informal Preparatory Meeting on the First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty was hosted in Vienna.


Member Organizations

Members of the Control Arms Steering Board.

Africa Peace Forum
Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP)
Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), University of Georgia
Forum for Environment and Development (ForUM)
Non-Violence International
Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA)
Permanent Peace Movement
Project Ploughshares

The following organizations are members of the Control Arms coalition:

Action on Armed Violence

Afghan Landmine Survivors Organization
Al Mesalla Organization For Human Resource Development
Alliance for Peace and Disability Rights
Alliance for the Observatory of Action on Armed Violence in Burundi (AOAVABU)
Amnesty International
Arms Control Association (ACA)
Article 36
Association for Sanitation and Economic Development (ASED)
Assistance Advocacy Access
Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP)
Campaña Colombiana Contra Minas
Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence (CDRAV)
CCFD-Terre Solidaire 
Center de Recherches et d’Etudes sur la Securite et le Developpement (CRESED)
Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention (CPS-AVIP)
Center for Women in Governance (CEWIGO)
Centro de Estudios Ecuménicos
Centro de Estudios sobre Justicia y Participación (CEJIP)
Cercle des Jeunes pour une Société de Paix (CJSP)
ChangeMaker – Society for Social and Economic Development 
Civil Center for Freedom
Collectif Multisectoriel pour le Développement Intégral, CMDI
Commission Justice et Paix Belgique Francophone
Communication et Développement Intégral (CDI)
Congolese Campaign to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions
Control Arms Foundation of India
Control Arms Jordan (Madaba for Supporting Development)
Dar Al-Salam Organization
Eastern African Sub Regional Support Initiative for Advancement of Women (EASSI)
ECPAT Guatemala
Ecumenical Service for Peace (SeP)
Forward Step Foundation
Fundació per la Pau
Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV)
Global Network for Human Development (GOLHD Centre)
Global Potential
Grupo de Práctica em Direitos Humanos – Unipampa
Haiya Alal Falah Movement
Human Security Initiative (MAMAN)
Iglesia Evangélica Española
Impact on Lives Africa
Indian Institute for Peace, Disarmament & Environmental Protection
Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON)
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)
International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
International Peace Bureau
Kenya Pastoralist Journalist Network
Kikandwa Rural Communities Development Organization (KIRUCODO)
Landmine Survivors Initiative
Latin American Circle of International Studies
Liberians United to Expose Hidden Weapons
Life Watch
Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
Mine Action & Human Rights Foundation (MAHRF)
Norwegian Peace Association
Obelisk Organization for the Development of Human Resources/Organization for Women’s Justice
Omega Foundation
Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG)
Partners for Peace and Development
Pax Christi Flanders 
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi Wallonie-Bruxelles
PIR Center for Policy Studies
PRESS – Save the Children Youth Norway
Protection against Armaments
Rede Desarma Brasil
Regional Centre for International Development Cooperation
Réseau d’Actions Paisibles des Anciens combattants pour le Développement Intégré de tous au Burundi (RAPACODIBU)
Rural Initiatives in Sustainability and Empowerment (RISE)
SERPAZ – Serviço de Paz 
Society for Peacebuilding, Research and Integration of Normative Gender (SPRING)
Sou da Paz
Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD)
Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation (SweFor)
Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
Tajikistan Centre to Ban Landmines and Cluster Munitions 
The Atlas Alliance
The Centre for Land, Economy & Rights of Women (CLEAR)
Transitions Foundation of Guatemala
Transparency International UK – Defence and Security Programme
Tunisie Libre
United Nations Association – Denmark (UNA-DK)
United Nations Association – United Kingdom (UNA-UK)
Viva Rio
West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA)
Vision GRAM-International
War Child Canada
West Africa Network For Peacebuilding – WANEP
Women for Peace and Democracy
Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD)
Women’s Right to Education Program (WREP)
World Voices Uganda 


Who supports an Arms Trade Treaty?

The individuals and organizations that called for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty came from diverse sectors of the society, demonstrating the broad-based support that existed for stronger regulations on arms trade.

Below are some of the groups that have spoken up in favor of a strong and effective ATT,  to protect the lives and livelihoods of those affected by the unregulated trade of arms. Visit their page to learn more about what they are now doing to promote the ratification, implementation and universalization of the Treaty.

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