Diminishing Transparency: Once in the top ten, Canada now ranks 24th among most transparent arms-exporting countries

Ploughshares Americas, Conventional Weapons

Author Charmila Ireland In 2008 the United Nations Security Council recognized that “a core element in preventing conflict and securing peace and stability is encouraging predictable, transparent behaviour by all States.” Transparency in the small arms trade can build trust between nations and allow governments and civil society actors to identify trends, gaps, and problems. To achieve transparency, countries need …

A meaningful treaty at last

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons, News

On April 2 the United Nations General Assembly approved by an overwhelming majority vote a historic global Arms Trade Treaty. Only three UN pariah states – Iran, North Korea and Syria – voted against it. The treaty is a milestone victory for the UN. More importantly, it is a new instrument of hope for the millions of people and thousands …

A meaningful treaty at last

Kenneth Epps Conventional Weapons

On April 2 the United Nations General Assembly approved by an overwhelming majority vote a historic global Arms Trade Treaty. Only three UN pariah states – Iran, North Korea and Syria – voted against it. The treaty is a milestone victory for the UN. More importantly, it is a new instrument of hope for the millions of people and thousands …