Tag Archives: united nations

January 22

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.


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.’

February 06

Germany’s arms exports to Saudi Arabia: what we know and some important questions

Written by Lorey Campese, Control Arms In a recent post on the Control Arms website, we congratulated the government of Germany on the halting of arms exports to Saudi Arabia. This was based on a report by the German news outlet Bild am Sonntag, which, citing government sources, claimed that arms transfers would either be “rejected […]

November 06

7 things you need to know about the resolution on Women and Disarmament from UNGA First Committee

Written by Lorey Campese, Control Arms During the UN General Assembly First Committee, a resolution was adopted this year on the role of women and broader international security. Of 63 resolutions adopted, it was easily the most hotly debated with multiple meetings scheduled nearly every week to negotiate the text of the resolution. The resolution achieved […]

July 23

Activism is alive and flourishing in the South Pacific

Written by Allison Pytlak, Control Arms I recently had the opportunity travel to Fiji for a meeting of the Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG), the regional body that has been leading the charge on Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) advocacy for the last several years. With 19 members and connections in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, […]

Photo credit: UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office June 13

One practical way to help End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Written by Anna Macdonald, Director, Control Arms The UK’s Foreign Secretary William Hague said he wanted the global summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit to be a “summit like no other”. There are certainly a few ways it’s been different. As someone who attends a great deal of conferences it’s been refreshing to see […]

June 03

Australia ratifies historic Arms Trade Treaty – ensuring it makes a difference

Written by Ben Murphy, Oxfam Australia Today the Australian government joined seven other governments in formally ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), an historic international agreement to keep arms out of the hands of human rights abusers and oppressive governments around the world. To think that just over a year after being adopted, 118 countries (well over […]

April 17

How the UK can be a global champion for the ATT

Written by Ben Donaldson, UNA-UK So far, April has been a big month for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  Five out of the world’s top ten exporters have ratified the Treaty, including the UK.   This takes us more than halfway to 50 ratifications – the requisite number which triggers the 90 day countdown for the Treaty […]

December 06

The stepping stones to changing the arms trade

Written by Lorey Campese, Oxfam In the halls of the UN yesterday, countries from every corner of the globe came together again to take action on the Arms Trade Treaty. This time, they passed a resolution that encourages countries to make the ATT’s impact felt as quickly as possible. The resolution formally urged States that […]

UN Photo/Albert González Farran November 26

16 days of activism against armed gender-based violence

Written by Sofia Tuvestad, Women’s International Leage for Peace and Freedom Sweden and Ray Acheson, Reaching Critical Will This year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign unites WILPF and other organisations in activism against three priority issues: violence perpetrated by state actors; domestic violence and the role of small arms; and sexual violence during […]