Latest Control Arms news

States vote for first ever Arms Trade Treaty

April 3, 2013

Campaigners today say the vote for the first ever global treaty to bring the international arms trade under control marks “an incredible moment.”

Final conference on Arms Trade Treaty

March 26, 2013

Control Arms coalition calls on Chair not to cave in to pressure from India and P5 as new text falls short

Make history

March 19, 2013

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.

Urgent calls for tighter rules on arms trade

March 12, 2013

Draft Arms Trade Treaty text littered with loopholes

Down but not out: New Zealand must play critical role in saving Arms Trade Treaty

July 28, 2012

There is still hope for countries to reach agreement on an Arms Trade Treaty, despite governments failing to reach a consensus agreement in New York, Oxfam New Zealand said today. Throughout July, countries have been negotiating for legally-binding regulations for the international weapons trade. In the final hours of negotiations, consensus was blocked by the United States, Russia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Cuba and Venezuela, who all asked for more time.

Arms Trade Treaty hanging in the balance as negotiations enter final stage

July 24, 2012

Efforts to end the irresponsible and poorly-regulated international arms trade are at risk of failure, as negotiations at the United Nations enter a critical final week, campaigners warned today.

Historic arms trade negotiations a chance to prevent future Syrian-style slaughter

July 2, 2012

Political leaders have a historic opportunity to place human rights and humanitarian aims above self-interest and profit when final negotiations to regulate the global arms trade begin today at the United Nations, campaigners from across the world said.

Artists write to UN leader Ban Ki-moon on "a matter of life and death"

July 2, 2012

International artists including Keira Knightley, Yoko Ono, Scarlett Johansson, Coldplay, Tim Roth, Annie Lennox and Kevin Spacey have joined forces to demand governments take immediate action to help improve regulation of the international arms trade.

Sales of parts for weapons must be as tightly regulated as sale of weapons themselves

June 27, 2012

The prospective new international Arms Trade Treaty must regulate the sale of parts and components being used to maintain or manufacture deadly weapons and military equipment, according to a new report by Oxfam.

NZ can take lead on halting unfettered global arms trade

June 20, 2012

Next month, UN member states will gather to negotiate what might be the most important international agreement you’ve never heard of: the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In a world with tight international regulation of everything from apples to iPods, it’s hard to believe there are no global controls on the international arms trade. The ATT seeks to remedy this by establishing common minimum standards for international arms transfers.