The Arms Trade Treaty

Every day thousands of people are killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes as a result of the poorly regulated global arms trade. Conventional weapons facilitate these abuses, and in response IANSA, as part of the Control Arms alliance, is calling for a bulletproof Arms Trade Treaty (ATT): a global, legally binding agreement that will better control irresponsible international transfers of conventional weapons and munitions.

The ATT will be negotiated in July 2012 and IANSA aims to ensure that it has the means to reduce levels of gun violence and decrease the proliferation of small arms and light weapons.

This can be achieved by the inclusion of strong and relevant provisions in the Treaty text, and including small arms and light weapons and related ammunition within the scope of the Treaty. It is also essential that measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women are part of the ATT. To protect women's rights, the relevant binding international instruments covering gender based violence, including rape and sexual violence, must be applied in arms transfer decisions. To read more click here.

To see a more detailed description of how SALW and related ammunition should be included in the ATT click here.

 

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Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the fifth and last day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the fifth and last day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Amnesty International has compiled this short paper outlining key elements for implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the fourth day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011, during which members of IANSA and the Control Arms coalition addressed the UN.

On 14 July, members of IANSA and the Control Arms coalition addressed  the UN as part of the third Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Tready (ATT).

The third Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty (PrepCom), 11-15 July, is well underway at UN headquarters in New York.

Summary report of the 14 July side event 'European Defence Industry Perspectives on the ATT', organised by ASD: Aerospace and Defence and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the 14 July side event 'Looking Back to Move Forward: experiences from implementing arms transfers policies for an Arms Trade Treaty', co-organized by IKV Pax Christi and Groupe de recherche et d'information sur la paix et la sécurité (GRIP) during the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the fourth day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the third day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the third day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011. 

Summary report of the 13 July Side Event, “The African context: Preventing the illicit arms trade through compliance and enforcement mechanisms in the Arms Trade Treaty” Organised by The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amnesty International and IANSA at the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, July 11-15.

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the second day of the 3rd Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report on the 12 July 2011 Side Event, “An Implementation Framework for an effective Arms Trade Treaty”, organized by Saferworld in association with the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Australia and Zambia, during the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, July 11-15 2011

On 6-8 June, representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bali to discuss arms transfers and ways to improve controls through a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

In France, members of the Control Arms Campaign, including Secours Catholique-Caritas, CCFD-Terre Solidarity, Amnesty International France and Oxfam France have issued a press release demanding that transparency is guaranteed in an ATT.

Summary report of the side event "Import, Transit and Transhipment Controls in an ATT", sponsored by the Swedish Mission to the UN and the Stockholm Peace Institute, on the second day of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the morning plenary session of the second day of the 3rd Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Summary report of the main points of the afternoon plenary session of the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

A summary report of the side event "Health, women and development and the Arms Trade Treaty", co-organised by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

A summary report of the main points of the morning session on Monday, 11th of July at the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee, 11-15 July 2011.

Women from 53 countries have now signed the open letter from the IANSA Women's Network calling for a strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to complement the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (UN PoA).

On 13 July, IANSA is co-hosting a side event on "The African context: Preventing the illicit arms trade through Compliance and Enforcement mechanisms in the Arms Trade Treaty" with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Amnesty International.

On 11 July, IANSA, IPPNW and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is co-hosting an event on “Health, women and development and the Arms Trade Treaty”.

The third Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT PrepCom) will take place at UN headquarters, 11-15 July.

The latest edition of NATO Review has the theme "Small Arms, Big Impact".

A provisional Programme of Work for the third Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), 11-15 July 2011, is now available here.

In Nigeria the International Physicians to Prevent Nuclear War (IPPNW) celebrated the Global Week of Action with adverts on Radio Silverbird Rythm.

As part of the Week of Action, Women for Peace and Democracy Nepal (WPD-Nepal), RUWON Nepal and Raksha Nepal jointly organised an interactive discussion in Kathmandu with women leaders on the impact of small arms on women and girls.

The Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) marked the Global Week of Action with a number of events on the theme "Save lives and protect human rights through an Arms Trade Treaty".