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Keeping up the pressure on arms transfers
Yesterday, exactly one year after the pioneering Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by the UN General Assembly, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK joined 13 other states in ratifying the treaty at the United Nations in New York. This brings the total number of states that have ratified to ’31 and counting – more than half the 50 needed for the Treaty to enter into force.
This is positive news but it is crucial that EU Member States lead by example in being transparent on their arms transfers. They can advance the ATT's real implementation through their own reporting practice, and by providing support to ATT States Parties from other regions that are also looking to produce comprehensive and timely reports.
Saferworld's EU arms transfer transparency website brings together all arms transfer reports submitted by EU countries, allowing you to compare and track transparency. We list the 151 ‘minimum elements for effective reporting’, and then set out for each EU Member State how many and which of those elements they report against. It identifies how many states report on each element, and allows users to quickly compare the transparency of reporting across the EU.
Read the comment piece EU reporting on arms transfers: calling for great transparency
Read the news item on the ATT ratifications.
A peace perspective from the Commission on the Status of Women
The Agreed Conclusions of the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held in New York last month included strong references to the links between gender, peace and development.
Zarina Khan reflects on what this means for gender and peace in the post-2015 development framework, and how the CSW will help to set the scene for future negotiations.
Read the blog here.
Following the Communique of Ndjamena released on 28 February, the Common African Position (CAP) on post-2015 now includes a pillar on 'peace and security'. While this is promising for the inclusion of peace within the post-2015 development framework a number of important questions remain.
Richard Smith of ACTION Support Centre and Sunil Suri of Saferworld reflect on the evolution of the CAP and the future engagement of African countries within the post-2015 framework. Continued dialogue is needed to deepen ownership of the CAP in Africa and address any concerns and misperceptions about what the inclusion of peace within the post-2015 framework will mean in reality.
Find out more about our work on post-2015.