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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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“I’m calling on governments to agree an #armstreaty to prevent arms fuelling human suffering. Join us: http://www.facebook.com/ControlArms”
Long-term Control Arms supporter and peace activist Julius Arile fulfilled his dream of running in the NY marathon for the first time on Sunday, and came an amazing 4th place!
Julius was at the front of the pack of more than 50,000 runners, and finished the race in a personal best of 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Now Julius, who has campaigned with Control Arms at the UN since 2006, is supporting Control Arms’ new campaign #Raceto50 as we work toward getting the 50 ratifications needed for the ATT to enter into force and become international law.
Julius said: “Earlier this year the world achieved the Arms Trade Treaty. There are many communities all over the world that are suffering. Think of them and take action. Join us on the Race to 50.”
It’s been an exciting month! The Arms Trade Treaty has been a dominant issue at this year’s UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, and Control Arms has played a central role in organizing events and activities around the discussions.
Control Arms hosted three well-attended side events throughout the month, which helped generate detailed discussion and debate on how the treaty will be implemented. The events shone a spotlight on the issues of Armed Violence, Gender Based Violence and Ratification and featured vibrant discussions between governments and civil society.
Control Arms representatives also participated in a range of expert meetings on treaty implementation issues, as well as conducting numerous bilateral meetings with delegates.
Many governments spoke about the ATT, both during the General Debate in the first week, and in the Conventional Weapons debate. Over 50 governments referenced the ATT in their statements during the thematic session this week, welcoming the ATT’s adoption and lauding its humanitarian purpose and potential to reduce human suffering. A number of governments also noted the contributions of civil society, describing our efforts as “instrumental” to the success of the treaty and its future implementation. The debates concluded with a vote on Resolution 68/L.4 which welcomed the adoption of the ATT and called on all states to sign and provide assistance to other countries if able. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor, with 141 states voting yes. Full statements, as well as a summary of the debates, can be found on Reaching Critical Will’s website, and in its weekly First Committee Monitor.
Control Arms delivered a statement to governments as part of First Committee’s NGO speeches segment, calling for action on the ground, not just words on paper, and urging states to keep up momentum and push for entry into force in 2014, so that the treaty can begin its lifesaving work. To read a summary of all of the Conventional Weapons statements, click here.
The conversation about the ATT continued outside the UN, with a strongly worded opinion piece written by Nobel Laureate and former Costa Rica President Oscar Arias, encouraging the USA to ratify, and pulling apart the arguments of those who continue to oppose the treaty domestically. This came on the heels of a positive US statement, wherein they expressed pride in having signed the treaty and urged all countries to sign and ratify.
Control Arms continued to maintain the profile of the ATT through social media. Using Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and a new Livestream platform, the coalition engaged with tens of thousands of people around the world and highlighted the need for effective treaty implementation.
The Control Arms “Hat-Trick” of side events concluded with a widely attended event on ratification and entry into force in the historic ECOSOC Chamber at United Nations Headquarters. The event focused on the strides already made and the road ahead toward Entry into Force for the ATT. The event was co-hosted by the governments of New Zealand, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Nigeria, Mexico in cooperation with Control Arms members Saferworld and Parliamentarians for Global Action.
The event was chaired by H.E. Dell Higgie, New Zealand’s Ambassador for Disarmament, who talked about the necessity for a template that will give “guidance towards what other countries have felt helps incorporate a treaty in the national legislation”. She believes this guideline will make the ATT “more attractive for ministers, members of the parliament and parliamentary drafts people as they will not have to start with a clean slate.”
Also included in the impressive panel of speakers were Amb. Eduardo Ulibarri (Costa Rica), Amb. Urs Schmid (Switzerland), Pablo Arrocha (Mexico), Amb. John Ejinaka (Nigeria), Roy Isbister (Saferworld), and Peter Barcroft (Parliamentarians for Global Action).
The panel noted that the ATT continues to gain momentum and there was wide agreement that entry into force could happen as early as next year. To view each of the statements made at the panel, visit the Control Arms Livestream Archive.
To read more about each of the side events hosted by Control Arms at the United Nations during General Assembly First Committee, click here.