Call for urgent action on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
On 3 June 2013, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opens for signature in New York. We want as many Heads of Government and/or Foreign Ministers as possible to come on 3 June in order to make this a very high-profile political event. If the first 50 governments announce that they will have a national control list that covers ALL conventional arms, it becomes harder for subsequent signatories to do so with a partial list. Also, the higher the political and the media profile, the bigger the pressure on governments to sign, and herewith the likelihood for entry into force to happen as soon as possible.
Pax Christi International invites all its Member Organisations to send a letter to their governments in this respect. If you are part of a Control Arms national platform, this will be more effective if you send the letter as a group. Feel free to adapt and use this template letter. More information can be found here.
You can also make use of this draft ATT-MFA letter from the Ecumenical Working Group on ATT.