Tuesday June 18, 2013
Failure is Not an OptionJennifer Fierberg, MSW Salem-News.com
Arms treaty will only regulate international trade situations and will have NO effect at all on national gun control laws as those are protected and set by the Constitution of the United States.
(WASHINGTON DC) - For the next two weeks numerous NGO’s, world government leaders and other groups will convene on the United Nations to negotiate the Arms Trade Treaty that failed to be reached in July 2012.
This treaty has been in the making for six years.
The goal of this treaty is to create a level playing field for international arms transfers by requiring all States to abide by a set of standards for transfer controls, which will ultimately benefit the safety and security of people everywhere in the world.
These groups gather due to their Concern of the misuse of weaponry around the world. The goal of this convention is to mobilize governments and parliamentarians to call for the global regulation of the conventional arms trade.
According to the Arms Trade Treaty;
Leaders from around the world have made statements in support of a strong Arms Trade Treaty. UNSG Ban Ki-Moon said in his statement on the Arms Trade Treaty, “A robust ATT will help alleviate the plight of the millions of people affected by conflicts and armed violence and enable the United Nations to better carry out its mandate to promote peace, development and human rights around the world. Adoption of this treaty will also provide much-needed momentum for wider disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the international community.”
Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that the United States is "steadfast in its commitment to achieve a strong and effective arms trade treaty."
He said responsible nations "should have in place control systems that will help reduce the risk that a transfer of conventional arms will be used to carry out the world's worst crimes, including those involving terrorism and serious human rights violations."
Kerry further stated, “An effective treaty that recognizes that each nation must tailor and enforce its own national export and import control mechanisms can generate the participation of a broad majority of states, help stem the illicit flow of conventional arms across international borders and have important humanitarian benefits.”
The next two weeks will prove to be trying for all delegates involved but all made opening statements on Monday March 18, 2013 stating they are committed to a strong treaty outcome.
This treaty will only regulate international trade situations and will have NO effect at all on national gun control laws as those are protected and set by the Constitution of the United States.
A list of NGO’s who attended to negotiate this deal last July can be found here.
Jennifer Fierberg is a social worker in the US working on peace and justice issues in Africa with an emphasis on the crisis in Rwanda and throughout the central region of Africa. Her articles have been published on many humanitarian sites that are also focused on changing the world through social, political and personal action.
Jennifer has extensive background working with victims of trauma and domestic violence, justice matters as well as individual and family therapy. Passionate and focused on bringing the many humanitarian issues that plague the African Continent to the awareness of the developed world in order to incite change. She is a correspondent, Assistant Editor, and Volunteer Coordinator for NGO News Africa through the volunteer project of the UN. Jennifer was also the media co-coordinator and senior funding executive for The Africa Global Village. You can write to Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Jennifer comes to www.Salem-News.com with a great deal of experience and passion for working to stop human right violation in Africa.
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