Lack of controls on the arms trade fuels conflict, poverty and human rights abuses worldwide.
Oxfam is a part of the Control Arms campaign, a global coalition demanding governments toughen up controls on the arms trade and introduce an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that stop arms being sold to those likely to misuse them.
On 2 April 2013, history was made as the Arms Trade Treaty - the first agreement to control global arms sales - received an overwhelming 'yes' vote at the United Nations in New York.
This momentous Treaty is the culmination of more than ten years of campaigning to rein in the irresponsible trade in arms that causes so much human suffering.
It could not have happened without the work of Oxfam supporters, and immense efforts from Control Arms partners and governments around the world.
Oxfam's Control Arms Coordinator, Luke Roughton, was in New York for the final round of negotiations as part of the official NZ delegation.
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A clear voice from New Zealand
Between Oxfam, Amnesty International NZ and the New Zealand Red Cross, we gathered more than 9000 signatures supporting a motion calling on every government to support the establishment of an Arms Trade Treaty. In particular, we called on Pacific governments to honour their pledge to jointly support such an ATT. The signatures were handed to the NZ government.
Through our advocacy work we succeeded in getting a motion in support of the ATT passed unanimously through Parliament. Check out the first minute of this video:
In pictures: Oxfam's One Shot Arms Trade Treaty campaign
Arms Trade Treaty: What we called for
Oxfam and our partners believe an Arms Trade Treaty must hold governments accountable. It must be based on states’ existing legal obligations to international humanitarianlaw and UN Charters.
Oxfam New Zealand supports peace-building work in the Pacific
Oxfam New Zealand is working with partners in the Pacific, supporting peace-building and conflict-resolution initiatives.
Campaigners today say the vote for the first ever global treaty to bring the international arms trade under control marks “an incredible moment.”
Control Arms coalition calls on Chair not to cave in to pressure from India and P5 as new text falls short
Governments from over 190 member states have a second chance to make history this month by agreeing the first ever Arms Trade Treaty, when meet in New York for two weeks of negotiations at the United Nations. An Arms Trade Treaty will control the international supply of arms and ammunition.