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.
Seven more states will ratify the Arms Trade Treaty today – bringing the overall total to over 50 and triggering the countdown to entry into force.
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.