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.
Arms Trade Treaty
On 6 December 2006, the UN General Assembly first voted to work towards an Arms Trade Treaty to protect civilians worldwide from irresponsible arms transfers.
Since 2006 UN diplomats have been discussing the need for an Arms Trade Treaty. Meanwhile 2.1 million people have died as a result of armed violence. The UN needs to start negotiations on a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty immediately.
Irresponsible arms transfers are undermining many developing countries’ chances of achieving their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.
The first international Arms Trade Treaty entered into force on 24 December 2014, ratified by more than 50 states.
Conflict, disasters and emergencies are frequent, but their devastating impact on ordinary people can often be avoided.