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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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Lebanon has become the 122nd State to sign the Arms Trade Treaty. Their signature could provide further impetus for additional engagement on the ATT from other States from within the Middle East region.
Fadi Abi Alam, Executive Director of the Permanent Peace Movement in Beruit said, that Lebanon’s action “is an amazing step that has taken by the Lebanese Government. In such a situation where terrorism is hitting Lebanon by arms that are clearly out of any control, signing such a treaty is an action of peace building and additional proof that the Lebanese are lovers of peace.
Additionally, the ATT, saw the number of ratifying countries rise to 54 as Guinea became the latest to join the landmark treaty. Guinea is the sixth State from the Economic Community of West African States to ratify the ATT.
The Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force and become international law on 24 December, 2014. On this date, States will no longer be able to sign the Treaty and will have to accede to officially become State Parties.
Control Arms co-hosted a packed reception this week at the UN Headquarters in New York, together with the governments of Australia, Finland, and Mexico to mark the achievement of over 50 ratifications of the ATT, and the launch of the “50 Celebrating 50” exhibit.
The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane welcome delegates to the exhibit, and noted the rapid speed by which the ATT have moved toward entry into force. Mexican Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, Australia’s Ambassador John Quinn and Ambassador Janne Taalas of Finland, also spoke, acknowledging the positive role of civil society in the ATT process, and the importance now of moving to effective implementation.
“50 Celebrating 50” profiles the photos and quotes of 50 people across governments, civil society and the UN who worked to make the ATT possible.
See the exhibition online in English, Spanish or French and all are welcome to contribute their own photo and quote as the project continually expands to include more of the many people who have contributed to the ATT’s success. The exhibition will be next displayed in London, get in touch with Control Arms if you are interested in displaying it in your country.
2014 Humanitarian Campaigns Forum explores link between gender and arms
Over 100 campaigners gathered from 17-19 October for the third annual Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Forum organised by Control Arms, PACE University and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), and focused on the link between gender and arms.
The dynamic program included high-energy speeches from Felicity Ruby of Thoughtworks and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams that sharpened understanding of how exactly how gender and disarmament are related. These were supplemented by vibrant panel discussions that allowed other perspectives on the subject to be heard and introduce practical ways in gender can be better highlighted within humanitarian disarmament. The Forum also offered skill building and discussion break out groups, and provided the opportunity for global campaign coalitions (International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons, Stop Killer Robots, Control Arms, IANSA, ICBL, CMC, ICBUW, Toxic Remnants of War, and International Network on Explosive Weapons) to update on their activities over the last year.
The Forum produced an Action Plan including specific initiatives that connect gender and arms and which conference participants have committed to supporting over the coming year, and will help ensure that gender will not be marginalized or overlooked in campaign planning, research and reporting. The initiatives span action at the UN, and campaigns such as the “no more all male panels” initiative that seeks to correct under-representation of women in panel discussions. The Action Plan also highlights the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
The first Humanitarian Forum was convened by Human Rights Watch on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, followed by last year’s event organised by Article 36 and PAX.
Participants also recorded “Its Time” statements for a campaign video made over the weekend, watch it HERE.