The individuals and organizations that called for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty came from diverse sectors of the society, demonstrating the broad-based support that exists for stronger regulations on arms trade. Here are some of the groups that have spoken up in favor of a strong and effective ATT to protect the lives and livelihoods of those affected by the unregulated trade of arms. Visit their page to learn more about what they are now doing to promote the ratification, implementation and universalization of the Treaty.
Medical Professionals A strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) creates a framework for regulating trade in weapons. A robust ATT helps to achieve better health, as it is impossible to maintain and promote health in the midst of armed violence. Physicians, who deal first-hand with the human consequences of armed violence, can help build the capacity of states to comply with a strong and humanitarian-based ATT. Therefore, public health played an important role in helping to pass the treaty and will continue to show their support for its implementation and universalization.
To learn more, visit the Medical Alert homepage.
Global Investors 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 39 investors issued a statement highlighting the need for the establishment of general international standards on the transfers of conventional arms. The investors noted that “without a stronger global conventional arms control system, there are clear regulatory and reputational risks for companies in the defense industry and/or arms importing”. Through their joint statement, the global investors sent a clear and compelling message that the ATT is a vital component necessary for long-term financial stability and growth.
For more information, visit the UN Principles of Responsible Investment website.
Parliamentarians played a significant role in the success of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) . They acted as advocates, lawmakers, guardians of public trust as well as moral individuals. Parliamentary support for the ATT began in 2008, when Control Arms global partners collected more than 2,000 signatures from parliamentarians in over 124 countries. Then, a renewed declaration from parliamentarians has been launched by Control Arms, urging 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. View the declaration in English (also available in Arabic, French, Portuguese and Spanish)
For more information, visit the Control Arms Parliamentarian Declaration page.
Survivors of Armed Violence
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 called 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. Control Arms continues to collaborate with survivors of armed violence through the process of ratification and universalization of the ATT.
View the statement
Senior religious leaders from many of the worlds major religions added their voices to the global call for a robust Arms Trade Treaty in an Interfaith Declaration launched in September 2011. A significant number of leaders and faith-based organizations have signed onto the declaration, including the Archbishop of Sweden, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. The declaration called on member states of the UN to negotiate and deliver a strong and effective ATT that has a real impact on people’s lives. It further reminded political leaders of the humanitarian imperative that sparked the Arms Trade Treaty process in the first place.
The IANSA Women’s Network advocated for an Arms Trade Treaty that prohibits the international import, export and transfer of conventional arms, including small arms and ammunition, where there is a significant risk that the transfer will be used to violate women’s human rights or perpetuate a pattern of gender-based violence, including rape and other forms of sexual violence. The IANSA Women’s Network also developed position papers, reports and statements raising the issue of women’s rights and gender in relation to the ATT as we headed towards the negotiations in 2012.
For more information, visit the IANSA Women’s Network website.
Additional resources are available at the Control Arms Act for Women page.
View the policy paper, “Including Gender in the Arms Trade Treaty” is available.
View articles from the Arms Trade Treaty Monitor.