Dec 17 2015 10:45AM
Broken by its own champion – a very un-happy birthday to the Global Arms Trade Treaty
The global Arms Trade Treaty came into force last Christmas Eve. In many ways a very familiar story of a miracle birth, heralded as a new chapter for humankind. One year...
Sep 17 2015 6:10PM
My day at the London Arms Fair
I’ve worked professionally in the field of arms trade regulation for the past 20 years and yesterday was a first for me. I was refused entry to this year’s DSEi Arms Fair...
Aug 6 2014 7:21PM
Under pressure: how long will it take Ministers to stop arming Israel?
Just how long will the UK Government take to decide on whether or not the UK should be arming Israel? We know that Ministers have been reviewing arms licences for many da...
Apr 2 2014 5:44PM
One year since the arms treaty vote and there's more work to do
It doesn’t seem like a year ago that I was sitting quietly in the balcony overlooking the main UN General Assembly chamber in New York, nervously awaiting the landmark vo...
Mar 29 2013 2:08PM
Arms Trade Treaty blocked - this isn't failure, this is 'success deferred'.
Yet again in the final hours, the Arms Trade Treaty was blocked. This time because of a cynical move by Iran, Syria and North Korea. In the Byzantine world of the UN, the...
Mar 28 2013 1:42PM
Arms Trade Treaty history - twenty years in the making?
I'm in New York for final talks to agree the Arms Trade Treaty that I've been campaigning for for nearly twenty years. Two days ago things were looking as bleak as the we...
Jul 27 2012 2:01PM
Arms Trade Treaty: The final hours
Want to get straight to the loopholes? Skip ahead At 4pm yesterday (9pm UK time, if you're counting), a packed UN conference room received the final draft of the Arms Tra...
Jul 11 2012 12:40PM
Arms Trade Treaty: The battle for bullets (and tear gas, small arms, missiles…)
It's self-evident that to control the arms trade you have to actually control all the things that kill, maim and brutalise people, and capture all the ways that arms get...
Jul 4 2012 4:08PM
Arms Trade Treaty talks get off to a strong (if delayed) start
After several false starts, the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations finally got underway yesterday. The Chair of the conference, Ambassador Moritan, was keen to make up some l...
Feb 17 2012 2:58PM
Still everything to play for with an arms treaty
It’s late on Thursday evening on day four of the Arms Trade Treaty preparatory conference. As I write, states participating in the conference have as yet not reached an a...
Feb 15 2012 3:11PM
Make love not loopholes
Love was truly in the air today at the UN Arms Trade Treaty talks, being of course valentines day. Some handed out roses, we handed out campaign stickers . Our message to...
Feb 13 2012 1:35PM
Any old Arms Trade Treaty not an option
So here I am, sitting in a cold New York, writing our first Blog on the eve of the start of the fifth and final Arms Trade Treaty preparatory negotiations, the culminatio...