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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

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Race to 50 surges ahead with 18 countries ratifying landmark treaty
2 Apr 2014

On the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), 18 countries took a big step forward toward ensuring its rapid entry into force. These governments formally deposited their instruments of ratification at the United Nations as part of a ceremony today, and included Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The additional ratifications bring the total tally to 31. It is also noteworthy that this list includes five of the ten biggest arms exporters (Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom).

50 ratifications are needed for the ATT to enter into force and become international law. The event was also attended by high ranking UN officials including the Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson and Deputy High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Virginia Gamba.

Anna Macdonald,speaking on behalf of Control Arms, said “Let us all remember that the purpose of this treaty is to save and protect lives. All of the governments ratifying here today can also act to show that these are not just words on paper, and a photo in the press. This is about change and opportunity. You can change the arms trade and really make a difference to the millions of men, women and children who suffer from armed violence and conflict every day. You have the opportunity now to lead by example.” The full text of her speech is available here.

Ambassadors from every country that ratified joined the Race to 50 campaign by having their photos taken with Control Arms coalition members at the end of the event. These have been shared widely on social media and are available here.

Control Arms Announces New Secretariat Director
18 Mar 2014

Control Arms is pleased to announce  the appointment of Anna Macdonald as the new Director of the coalition’s Secretariat. Anna brings many years of experience in campaigning, advocacy, and policy to the role, through her almost 20 year career at Oxfam, and her leadership role as a Control Arms Co-chair.

Anna will help to lead the Control Arms Coalition in the current phase of pushing for swift entry into force of the treaty, and ensuring effective implementation.

Anna said: “I am excited to be moving into this role at a time when civil society engagement will be really important in making sure ATT implementation is effective, and that the flood of arms into war zones and the hands of human rights abusers can be stemmed. I look forward to working with colleagues from all over the world as we continue the push to bring the arms trade under control.”

Race to 50 marches on; 2 States added to list of Arms Trade Treaty ratifications
14 Mar 2014

Progress toward entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty has continued through the month of March, with two Balkan States leading the way. This month, both the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania both deposited their respective instruments of ratification at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Both countries were supportive of a strong Arms Trade Treaty throughout the negotiation process and Albania was among the first to sign the Treaty on 3 June, 2012, the first day the landmark agreement opened for signature. Macedonia followed soon after by adding their signature on 25 September 2013.

The Civil – Center for Freedom, a member of Control Arms, has been a leading civil society advocate of the Arms Trade Treaty in Macedonia. Xhabir Deralla, President of the organization called Macedonia’s ratification “a great legal step towards arms control in the country and internationally.” He added “now, the real challenge lays ahead, which is to make, adopt and implement proper laws and regulations in support of this new legislative measure. It remains to prompt the government and the parliament in the Republic of Macedonia to make these steps in a transparent manner and include relevant civil society organizations in the country in order to strengthen the struggle against armed violence, gun culture and arms proliferation in the country and the region.”

With the one year anniversary of the Arms Trade Treaty’s adoption approaching, it is apparent that momentum toward entry into force is building. Control Arms encourages all countries to follow direction set by Macedonia, Albania, and other ratifying countries and take action as soon as possible.

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