Arms Trade Treaty
On 3 June 2013, UN members will begin to sign a new global Arms Trade Treaty, which for the first time will regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The treaty was overwhelmingly endorsed by the UN General Assembly two months earlier and now requires fifty signatories to come into force. Has your country signed? If not, press for it!
Photo Credit: Marie-Anne Ventoura. Photo courtesy of controlarms.org.
The UN vote is a victory for civil society, which has campaigned tirelessly to regulate the small arms trade.
This post contains links to several articles and websites with information about the treaty, the campaign and the organisations that have been working for change.
- "States vote overwhelmingly for ground-breaking Arms Trade Treaty" (Control Arms, 2 April 2013)
- After Years of Pressure, the UN Adopts an Arms Trade Treaty (The Nation, 7 May 2013)
- U.N. overwhelmingly approves global arms trade treaty (Reuters, 2 April 2013)
- Arms Trade Treaty Shows Remarkable Progress (Jurist, 1 May 2013)
- USA shows strong support for new global Arms Trade Treaty (Amnesty Int'l, 16 May 2013)
- The First Arms Trade Treaty Recognises Gender-Based Violence (AWID interviews Ray Acheson, Director of Reaching Critical Will, 24 May 2013)
Websites and Other Resources