Calls for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty have come from diverse sectors of society, demonstrating the broad-based support that exists for these negotiations. Here are some of the groups that have spoken up in favor for a strong and effective ATT to protect lives and livelihoods.
View the alert.
To learn more, visit the Medical Alert homepage.
In July 2011, a group of global investors, who collectively own or manage $1.2 trillion in assets, made a call for a robust and comprehensive ATT. The 21 investors, who are all signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles of Responsible Investment, issued a statement highlighting the need for the establishment of general international standards on transfers of conventional arms. Citing the “environmental, social and governance issues” that can affect the performance of investment portfolios, the investors noted that the irresponsible trade in conventional weapons can contribute to insecurity, making an ATT a vital component of long-term financial stability and growth.
View the statement.
For more information, visit the UN Principles of Responsible Investment website.
Parliamentarians have a significant role to play in the success of the future Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). They can act as advocates, lawmakers, guardians of public trust and also as moral individuals. Parliamentary support for an ATT was first demonstrated in 2008, when Control Arms partners and other organizations around the world collected more than 2,000 signatures from parliamentarians in over 124 countries. A renewed declaration from parliamentarians has been launched by Control Arms, and urges decision-makers to create an international agreement that encompasses all transfers of conventional weapons and commitments to strong criteria that will prevent irresponsible arms trading. It acknowledges the role of parliamentarians in making the treaty a “meaningful reality”. The Declaration will remain available for new signatures and use in domestic lobbying until it is delivered to government representatives shortly before the July negotiation conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. Current Members of Parliament are invited to add their signatures to this declaration.
At the July 2011 PrepCom, a group of international armed violence survivors issued a survivors declaration in support of a comprehensive and robust Arms Trade Treaty. Survivors from Albania, Burundi, Guatemala, Jamaica, Namibia, Sri Lanka and the USA delivered the statement at the 3rd ATT PrepCom, on behalf of the survivors all over the world who contributed to the drafting of this declaration. It calls on states participating in the negotiations to ensure that the treaty agreed upon is effective in preventing future victims and acknowledges the rights and needs of survivors.
View the statement
For more information, visit the Control Arms Interfaith page.