The 2012 Arms Trade Treaty: Controversy, compromise and disappointment
This article, written by Saferworld’s Elizabeth Kirkham, first appeared in the September 2012 edition of Disarmament Times, a publication by the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security. It looks back over the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) process — from its inception in the form of UN General Assembly resolution 61/89 of 18 December 2006 to a July 2012 Diplomatic Conference to negotiate a treaty – noting how much progress was made in a comparatively short period of time.
We also have available a Chinese translation of Melissa Gillis's (editor of Disarmament Times) review of the implementation of the U.N. Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Date: Fall 2012
Author: Elizabeth Kirkham
Publisher: NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security
Language: English, Chinese
The draft Treaty on the table by the end of the Diplomatic Conference was not perfect, by any means; but it was undoubtedly stronger than many had expected, given the complexity of the issues and, crucially, the constraints of consensus decision-making.
Saferworld's Elizabeth Kirkham on the draft Arms Trade Treaty