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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.
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.