50 states join the Arms Trade Treaty:

The global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) will enter into force on 24 December 2014 after the 50th country ratified the agreement on Thursday. Last year, the UN General Assembly adopted the treaty, designed to regulate the trade in conventional arms, by an overwhelming majority, with 154 countries voting yes. Argentina, the Bahamas, Bosnia & Herzegovina, […]

AOAV responds to reports that US is to sign the Arms Trade Treaty

Following reports that US Secretary of State John Kerry will sign the Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of the USA this morning, Steve Smith, CEO of Action on Armed Violence, said: “The US’s actions to help end the spread of arms that fuel atrocities and abuse is a noble one.  The United States is the world’s largest […]

News from AOAV: 19 August 2013

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The Myth of the Arms Trade Treaty

The UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a sneaky way to put a stake in the heart of the 2nd Amendment. It is going to allow the United States government, acting under the auspices of the United Nations, to create a registry of legal gun owners and, in so doing, then allow government to confiscate […]

Nigeria becomes first African country to ratify Arms Trade Treaty

Nigeria has become the first Africa country to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru, has announced. “This landmark event represents our deep commitment to a treaty which establishes common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms,” Mr Ashiru said after the signing of the […]

Thoughts on Violence: Anna Macdonald, Head of Arms Control at Oxfam

Anna Macdonald, head of arms control at Oxfam, Co-Chair of the Control Arms Coalition and member of the AOAV board, explains the purpose and potential of a strong Arms Trade Treaty. Who is Anna Macdonald? Anna Macdonald is Head of Arms Control at Oxfam, and has worked on the Arms Trade Treaty since 2002, representing […]

Anna Macdonald

Anna Macdonald Head of Control Arms Coalition Head of Arms control at Oxfam Co-chair of AOAV Anna Macdonald is Head of Arms Control at Oxfam and a leading campaigner for the Control Arms Coalition, a network of civil society organisations which was influential in the approval of a global Arms Trade Treaty in 2013. Macdonald […]

The World has an Arms Trade Treaty

In a landmark vote of the United Nations General Assembly, 154 countries supported the adoption of the first Arms Trade Treaty that seeks to reduce armed violence worldwide.

Do as I say, not as I do: what the UK government says and what it does in arms control are very, very different.

Lobbying for a robust arms trade treaty in New York, whilst advocating for lifting the EU arms embargo for Syria in Brussels. Hypocrisy? Not for the UK.

Iran, Syrian and DPRK stall adoption of Arms Trade Treaty

The adoption of the global Arms Trade Treaty was stalled yet again after Syria, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea blocked an agreement today.

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

Campaigners call for radical changes to the latest draft of the Arms Trade Treaty, which falls short of what the majority of member states demanded.

The dangers of an arms trader’s charter? Loopholes and loose language in the Arms Trade Treaty threaten its strength.

Even if the Arms Trade Treaty is adopted, its weak, current draft puts the treaty’s effectiveness into question.