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Trudeau mania, the power of the image, and how yoghurt can help refugees

If there’s one person having a great World Economic Forum, it’s Justin Trudeau. Appearing on multiple panels, taking selfies with everyone, and delivering a vision of inclusivity, feminism and diversity, he’s wowing everyone. Last night’s Canada reception must have been one of the best attended at the Forum. With squeezing room only, Trudeau-mania was in […]

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Sweet contradictions: Canada’s arms deal with Saudi Arabia

More can be done from this country with a proud past and proven ability to use soft power to achieve change in the world.

Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Director, along with Badr Jafar, Advocate of High-Impact Entrepreneurship, and Stephen O'Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. January 20

Venture Capitalists, Cocoa, and Chobani: Day Two at the WEF in Davos

By Anna Macdonald, Control Arms Director I’ve now had my first 24 hours at Davos, which has included: a welcome reception; a surprisingly kicking Indian finance party; a cable car ride up a mountain to meet Formula 1 racing champions who coached us in how to perform better; facilitating a session on the gaps in […]

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Discussing Inequality with Billionaires: My First Trip to Davos

Davos boasts a bewildering array of discussions and panels to attend, with a participants list that’s basically a Who’s Who in global influence. But will discussions really come up with practical solutions to reduce extreme inequalities and conflict ?

As World Grapples With Terror Attacks, Activists Call for More Action on Illicit Arms Trade

‘We must now end this vicious cycle of violence [by] halting the transfer of arms. Civilians who have seen the horror of terrorism and armed conflict in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen deserve to see a future free of bullets, bombs, and bloodshed.’

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CSP High Level Opening Statement by Alex Galvez

Mi nombre es Alex Galvez. Cuando era adolecente recibí un disparo durante un robo a mano armada en una tienda cuando fui a comprar una gaseosa y resulté seriamente herido. Mi recuperación ha tomado un largo tiempo. Soy fundador de la Red de Sobrevivientes de la Violencia y de la Fundación Transiciones, en Guatemala. Ahora […]

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What the Arms Trade Treaty means for Latin America

Written by Maria Pia Devoto APP/SHELAC/Control Arms What the Arms Trade Treaty means for Latin America A while ago we were gathered around the bed of a five year old girl, named Alice, with her mother Sara and her two brothers, in the unique atmosphere of the house which serves both as a bedroom, a […]

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Why controlling arms is key to sustainable development

Written by Deepayan Basu Ray, ATT Monitor Coordinator, Control Arms   Why controlling arms is key to sustainable development   “bold, ambitious, and transformative” is how some have described the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for tackling poverty. For the first time in UN sustainable development discussions and debates , peace features as an important goal […]

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Transparency, anti-corruption & the Arms Trade Treaty: What is it good for?

Written by Katie Fish and Ivo Jongejan, Transparency International  Transparency: What is it good for? Corruption has long been the arms trade’s dirty secret. Shadowy deals and little regulation made it easy for governments and manufacturers to hide wrongdoing. By 2005, one study found that 40% of all corruption in global trade occurred in the defence […]

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Where weapons flow in, people flow out

Written by Christina Foerch, Peace Advocate based in the Middle East.   When you read about the Middle East these days , the words chaos; conflict and armed violence come to mind. This depressing and tragic image is far from the hope that the world saw during the Arab spring in 2010. The security situation […]