As part of the “100 Days of Speaking Out!”, a countdown to the treaty negotiations, Control Arms will regularly feature stories and profiles of different people who support a bulletproof ATT.

Last week, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Arms Trade Treaty champion Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez traveled to Tiajin, China for the 30th Annual Plenary Meeting of the InterAction Council. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proliferation of human rights abuses caused by conventional arms. The InterAction Council is an independent international organization comprised of an esteemed group of former heads of state and government officials.

The Council members jointly developed recommendations for political, economic, and social problems confronting humanity, as outlined in their final communique. As a member of the InterAction Council, Dr. Arias petitioned support for the Arms Trade Treaty. As a result of his efforts, and with the support of the Arias Foundation, the Council formally recognized that the Arms Trade Treaty is one step towards a safer global community. In its final communique the Councill explicitly recommended that “States adopt a strong, legally binding Arms Trade Treaty, which includes small arms and light weapons within its framework.”

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