Half-baked ATT negotiations

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

The four-week United Nations diplomatic conference in New York to negotiate an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has reached its half-way mark. It would be fair to ask what has been accomplished to date. The blunt answer is not much. More troubling is the prospect that the final two weeks will be held hostage to states that never wanted a …

Arms Trade Treaty negotiations: When to concede and when to hold firm

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

Author Oscar Arias Sánchez The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2012 Volume 33 Issue 2 Dr. Oscar Arias Sánchez is a former President of Costa Rica and the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. This article is adapted from his presentation, “An Effective ATT for Development and Human Security: Reconciling Ambition and Implementability,” which was part of a panel discussion with Nobel Peace …

Canada’s international firearms commitments

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps Presentation to the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, June 21, 2012 Thank you for the invitation to address the Standing Senate Committee on the proposed Firearms Information Regulations. My brief statement today focuses on the implications of the regulations for Canada’s international commitments related to reducing and eliminating firearms trafficking. Every UN member state …

List of Canadian Parliamentarians to sign ATT Declaration reaches 120!

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons, News

The list of Canadian Parliamentarians who are signing on to the Global Parliamentarian Declaration on the ATT has reached 120. Control Arms is working to add signatures to the Parliamentarian Declaration up until the start of Arms Trade Treaty negotiations on July 2. If you want to support the ATT, add your name to the Speak Out! Petition (“NO MORE …

Canadian members of Control Arms and the Arms Trade Treaty

Kenneth Epps Americas, Conventional Weapons

Authors Mark Fried, Hilary Homes, Lina Holguin and Kenneth Epps Speaking notes for presentation to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, June 11, 2012 by Mark Fried, OXFAM Canada, Hilary Homes, Amnesty International Canada, Lina Holguin, OXFAM Quebec and Kenneth Epps, Project Ploughshares. [MARK FRIED, OXFAM CANADA] On behalf of the Canadian members of the Control Arms coalition, …

CARICOM and the Arms Trade Treaty: Toward an effective convention

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

Author Kenneth Epps Introduction The negotiation of an international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has become a UN process of “high importance” for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). It is not difficult to see why. The Caribbean subregion is severely impacted by the irresponsible and illicit proliferation and transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and associated ammunition. Per capita murder …

A glaring omission: Landmark UN Resolution 1325 on women and peace makes no reference to small arms and light weapons

Maribel Gonzales Conventional Weapons

Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2012 Volume 33 Issue 1 United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, unanimously adopted in 2000, was a turning point in how the international community addresses the security and rights of women during conflict, in the time leading up to conflict, and in post-conflict situations. Its underlying premise is that women build peace. …

‘Why women?’

Tasneem Jamal Conventional Weapons

The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2012 Volume 33 Issue 1 Adapted from “Why is women’s participation important in small arms control and disarmament?” Women’s Network of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). It seems obvious that there can be no sustained peace and security without the participation of women. Yet during negotiations for the United Nations General Assembly Resolution …