A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will "enter-into-force" and become international law on December 24, 2014.
The sheer scale of the crisis in Syria demands specific and increased commitments from the international community to help alleviate the suffering.
The horrifying chemical weapons attacks in Damascus in August 2013 led to ill-advised plans for a US military intervention and a flurry of diplomatic activity.
The Control Arms Coalition today say the vote for the first ever global treaty to regulate the international arms trade marks ‘an incredible moment’ signalling the dawn of a new era.
Governments from over 190 member states have a second chance to make history this month by agreeing the first ever Arms Trade Treaty, a coalition of NGOs and human rights groups said today.
Arms and bullets continue to destroy lives. Every continent in the world is marred by devastation caused by armed violence.
Anna Macdonald Head of Arms Control at Oxfam said:
Political leaders have a historic opportunity to place human rights and humanitarian aims above self-interest and profit when final negotiations to regulate the global arms trade begin today at the United Nations, campaigners from across the world said.
The poorly regulated global trade in arms and ammunition weakens the ability and willingness of governments to sustain progress in development.
According to new figures, more than $2.2 billion worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 by countries operating under arms embargoes.