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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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Miroslav Lajčák, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, signed the Arms Trade Treaty at the UN on June 10, 2013. In doing so, Slovakia becomes the 72nd signatory of this treaty – the first of this kind designed to regulate and monitor international trade and transfer of arms and military technologies. Minister Lajčák met with Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Patricia O´Brien and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane, with whom he discussed current issues of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation of WMD. During the talks, the Minister confirmed the full engagement and the ongoing support of the Slovak Republic for the main objectives of this agenda. “I consider it necessary to stress the importance of the pressing need for the ratification of the treaty in such a way that it comes into practice as soon as possible,” said the head of Slovak diplomacy.
The Treaty represents an important historic milestone in the regulation and monitoring of the global trade in this sphere. The Slovak Republic actively cooperated on the wording of the Treaty, which aims to adopt general, strong, and legally binding norms able to effectively regulate the global arms trade. The quintessential aim is to prevent arms delivery to unauthorized persons in conflict areas or terrorist and criminal organizations.
Just days before the Arms Trade Treaty opened for signature at the United Nations parliamentarians from multiple African nations came together in a forward-looking workshop that considered the crucial role that legislators will play in the next phase of the ATT process.
Organized by Control Arms Steering Board Member Parliamentarians for Global Action and hosted by the Parliament of Tanzania, the two day meeting (29 – 30 May) brought together a total of 30 participants in Dar es Salaam that also included Ambassadors and representatives from Norway, Finland, the United States and the United Nations.
Significantly, the workshop produced a Dar es Salaam Plan of Action that identifies the key next steps and necessary measures that all parliamentarians should take to promote the signature, ratification and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty.
Read more about the workshop here.
Liberia joined the now 70 states that have made history this week at the UN, signing the ATT. Other States to sign the Treaty today were El Salvador and Saint Kitts and Nevis. Control Arms was honoured to meet Nobel Laureate President Sirleaf today, who has been a personal champion of the ATT. Her statement during July’s Diplomatic Conference (watch here) was the catalyst for many other African states to take to the floor to push for a robust treaty to be agreed.