UN, New York: Formal negotiations begin on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

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. Civil society, including IANSA members, will be present at the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) to advocate for a strong and robust ATT that upholds human rights and international humanitarian law and prevents the undermining of sustainable development. This meeting will be followed by another PrepCom in 2011, and a final negotiating conference in 2012 in which text for the ATT will be finalised.