Battle for Arms Trade Treaty continues as Governments Delay Final Deal
September 11, 2012

Lack of Political Courage by Major Players Blamed for Delay in Negotiations

The fight to end the illegal and irresponsible arms trade goes on after delegates at the United Nations failed to reach consensus and agree an Arms Trade Treaty. The lack of agreement on a final text was disappointing but not the end of the story. In spite of today’s lack of agreement, momentum is gathering for an international and legally-binding treaty to bring the arms trade under control. Governments now have a second chance to make the treaty a reality by taking the text forward to the General Assembly, in the fall.

A group of over 90 states gave a joint statement, read out by Mexico, saying “we are disappointed, but we are not discouraged” and were determined to secure an Arms Trade Treaty as soon as possible. “One that will bring about a safer world for the sake of all humanity”. 


Throughout the month there was majority support for the Arms Trade Treaty to cover all conventional arms including ammunition, and to be based around tough rules on international human rights and humanitarian law. In the final hours of negotiations consensus was procedurally blocked by the United States, Russia, DPRK, Cuba and Venezuela who all asked for more time.

Your determination has helped us get this far – and your continued pressure and activism will help make this Treaty a reality. We owe it to the thousands who die every day to keep fighting for an Arms Trade Treaty that will save lives

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October 8, 2012