Saturday, October 4, 2014
A photo finish is always exciting – particularly when it involves changing the global arms trade.
On 25 September a further eight countries ratified the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), bringing the Race to 50 over the finish line. With over 50 governments having completed their ratification the Treaty is now set to enter into force and become binding international law on 24 December 2014, less than three months away.
Thank you to each and every one of you who took action. Your continuous support has ensured that the ATT will become international law and save lives.
To mark this accomplishment, Control Arms has launched an online gallery: 50 celebrating 50. The gallery features photos and quotes from 50 individuals from across civil society, government and the UN whose support was vital to the achievement of the ATT. This website is also available in French and Spanish!
Without a doubt, you have been an important part of this race. Now we want to share your story too.
Please take a moment to submit your own story and we’ll add you name alongside those of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Oscar-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou, former child solider Eric Niragira and many others.
Contributing to 50 Celebrating 50 will help us promote an important message to governments: that the ATT entering into force is a #chance2change the arms trade. We encourage everyone who has been a part of the campaign to add their voices.
At Control Arms, we know that changing the world doesn’t happen overnight. We are ready to continue to do our part to make sure that the Arms Trade Treaty is more than just words on paper.
Add your own story to remind the world to celebrate this milestone and show that we all are ready for the next challenge.
Thank you for your support,
Lorey Campese and the Control Arms Team