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January 2015

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Welcome to the January 2015 issue of our e-newsletter, bringing you Saferworld’s latest news, comment, analysis, and resources.

We would love to hear your feedback via our social media channels or directly to us at communications@saferworld.org.uk

Arms Trade Treaty becomes international law

Christmas Eve of 2014 marked a historic moment as the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) became international law. For governments and organisations that have worked towards this goal for many years, it is a moment of which we can be very proud.

At the time of writing, 61 States Parties have ratified the Treaty, and are now legally bound to implement its provisions. This means, among other things, a prohibition on international transfers of major conventional weapons and small arms/light weapons that would be used to commit violations of international law including genocide and crimes against humanity.

Elizabeth Kirkham, Saferworld's Small Arms and Transfer Controls Adviser, explains what the ATT's entry into force means for the international arms trade, and argues that despite the Treaty being a crucial staging post towards responsible regulation of the trade, much remains to be done to ensure that it has an impact where it matters most - in regions of conflict and where human rights are threatened.

Read the news story >

Analysis: UN Secretary General reaffirms a transformative, pro-peace vision for post-2015

Since debates on the post-2015 agenda began, there has been consensus that the world’s new development framework must advance not only sustainability and poverty reduction, but also peace and good governance. In December 2014, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released his Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Agenda.

The report comes after a year of negotiations by Member States on the goals and targets in the Open Working Group, and therefore has a potentially important part to play in ensuring that Member States get around difficulties that could result in a post-2015 agenda that is unclear, impractical, and neglectful of sensitive peace, governance and justice issues.

In these informal comments we analyse whether the Synthesis Report will help Member States towards a framework that fulfils its peacebuilding potential.

Read Saferworld's informal comments on the Secretary General's report >

Engaging new global actors in peace and development

A Saferworld conference held in Istanbul in early December provided a rare opportunity for conflict-affected states, emerging global powers, and traditional development actors to debate key issues of peace and development.

Read more >

The Arms Trade Treaty: a history

UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

From the first discussions around an Arms Trade Treaty in 1993 to the Treaty becoming international law, our photographic timeline presents the pivotal moments in the ATT's history.

View the timeline >

Looking back over 2013-14

Our 2013-14 multimedia Annual Review brings together videos, photos and stories from the people we work with - highlighting our efforts to prevent violent conflict and build safer lives.

Find out more >

We're proud to be marking our 25th anniversary. Find out more about our 25-year history and look through our interactive timeline highlighting key Saferworld milestones.

View the timeline >

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