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.



‘Towards a Bullet-Proof Arms Trade Treaty’, an article written by Brian Wood and Alberto Estevez of Amnesty International, is now available on the Disarmament Times website.

As part of the Control Arms Campaign on the Arms Trade Treaty during the First Committee, The new report 'Brokers Without Borders' was launched by a panel including Luke Roughton from Oxfam New Zealand, Brian Wood of Amnesty International and Ann Charlotte Wetterik.

About 80 people including delegates from at least 30 states attended the launch of a new website mapping states' positions on key issues concerning the Arms Trade Treaty

'Controller les Armes', a new book on the reality of irresponsible arms trade with a preface by Lilian Thuram, retired footballer and supporter of the Control Arms Campaign, has been published by Amnesty international France.

The Autumn 2010 issue of the Ploughshares Monitor is now available. This issue focuses on armed conflict and armed violence and includes articles by Ken Epps on the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, and by Maribel Gonzales on gender and the UN Programme of Action on small arms.

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has issued a paper presenting the outcomes of a series of regional seminars and other activities promoting discussion on an Arms Trade Treaty

The latest edition of 'New Route: A journal of Peace Research and Action' is available.

In Nigeria, more than 800 young people and fifteen media organisations attended an event to mark International Youth Day on 12 August.

After two weeks of intense discussions, state negotiations at the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee (ATT Prepcom) ends on Friday 23 July.

Amnesty International launched its new report ‘Deadly Movements: Arms Transportation Controls in the Arms Trade Treaty’ (ATT) on 19 July. <--break->

Amnesty International features in a BBC radio documentary which reveals how arms brokering and trafficking networks benefit from lax regulations of shell companies operating under UK jurisdiction.

In Mozambique, more than 70 people participated in a debate on 8 July about the role of an ATT to counter the impact of armed violence on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Negotiations on an ATT are underway at UN Headquarters in New York.

On Monday UN Member States will formally begin negotiatations on a framework text for the proposed Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in New York from 12-23 July.

The Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) held their first workshop in Wellington (New Zealand) on 29-30 April.

The latest DAKS newsletter is now available.

As military cooperation between Israel and Latin America grows, stricter arms export controls would help prevent Israeli weapons falling into the hands of armed groups and criminals.

On 27 March, in Kinshasa (DR Congo), IANSA woman Kenneth Enim Ampi from Women for Justice in Congo organised a meeting to share the information that she gathered during the Arms Trade Treaty campaign meeting, held in Vienna (Austria) last February.

As the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations begin, UN Member States will need to define categories of materials and transfers concerned, determine parameters of application and especially how to incorporate human rights within the Treaty.

On Monday 8 March, IANSA Women around the world joined the celebrations to mark International Women's Day.

62 organisations from 47 countries attended an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) campaign meeting in Vienna (Austria), 10-11 February 2010.

Control Arms Foundation of India and 21 civil society groups from around India organised a series of events on peace and disarmament in New Delhi, 14-18 February 2010.

Peace Week, focusing on Norway’s role as arms producer and exporter, will be held in Oslo from 1-7 February 2010.