Disappointed but not discouraged
July 30 2012, 6:42 AM by Rachel George
States mobilized to draft a statement of support for a strong treaty and we worked with them to get as many others as possible to sign up. In a few minutes an incredible 90 countries had signed. As the session started again at 5pm, President Moritán announced that the treaty would not be adopted but that the text would be attached to his report. This technical point was hugely important, as it means the text can be taken forward to the UN General Assembly meeting in October.
Immediately after this, Mexico took to the floor and announced all of the countries who want to continue to work for a strong treaty – which was both extremely moving and ensured the conference finished with the strong message that this is not the end.
Whilst the negotiations have been under way in New York over 54,000 people have lost their lives due to armed violence. Despite the disappointing decisions of the US and several other blocker nations on the last day, our campaign continues with the overwhelming support of the majority of countries around the world.
The world desperately needs an Arms Trade Treaty that will protect lives and livelihoods and we will not stop until we make this a reality. It’s not if, but when.
by Anna MacDonald, Oxfam’s Head of Arms Control, in New York