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Arms Trade Treaty Update

September 10th, 2014

Geneva Yesterday in Mexico City global arms control and disarmament diplomats and civil society groups finished up first-round talks on creating a road map to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Conference of States Parties. This meeting was the first of three informal negotiating / lobbying events on the horizon. Germany has offered to […]

Title:  UNSIGNING THE ARMS TRADE TREATY Author:  Jeff Moran Summary: The short paper below explains why the United States could eventually “unsign” the United Nations (UN) Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  Its explores sources of enduring if not increasing American opposition to this treaty and highlights the linkages to the the UN’s small arms control process […]

The Obama Administration’s endorsement of a Swiss global oversight scheme for government defense and security contractors is a warning for not only the shooting industry, but for civil arms rights and democratic national sovereignty. By Jeff Moran | Geneva On August 16th, the Obama Administration signaled tentative plans to support a new scheme to legally […]

If The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Is A Gateway For National Small Arms Control And Civil Disarmament, Maybe The United States Should Not Sign or Ratify the ATT After All? By Jeff Moran | Geneva     On 20 June Ambassador Roberto Moritán (Argentina), the former President of the 2012 UN ATT Conference and Chairman […]

Title:     UNITED NATIONS INTER-AGENCY SMALL ARMS CONTROL    STANDARDS DEVELOPMENT A Case Study In Troubled Transnational Gun Control & Civil    Disarmament Policymaking? Author: Jeff Moran Summary: The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is recognized within the UN system as a gateway instrument for the progressive and transnational development of conventional arms control and […]

Intro The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Office of Disarmement Affairs (ODA) are finalizing many small arms control standards through what is known as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) project. The project coordinator is Patrick McCarthy, on contract to the UNDP since 2008.  According to him, key international standards will be approved by […]

PRECARIOUS POSITION?

April 1st, 2013

Arms rights activists and shooting sports enthusiasts, not just the broader arms and security industries, must get serious about the  post-ATT threats to their interests. By Jeff MORAN | Geneva The unsurprising failure of the Final United Nations (UN) Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on 28 March was the result of overdone advocacy […]

HUMANITARIAN HIJACKING?

March 29th, 2013

The Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty failed to reach consensus because the draft text offended state sovereignty. The Final United Nations (UN) Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) failed to reach an agreement by consensus yesterday.  And this hardly comes as any surprise.  Going into the Conference, this author estimated […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Revised and updated, 12 March 2013. TSM Worldwide LLC has published its executive e-briefing of selected context and issues going into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Conference scheduled for 18-28 March 2013 in New York.  It also models five possible outcomes and explains the key factors for why consensus is […]

For Immediate Release: The United Nations is now accepting applications by established gun,  hunting, and self-defense rights civil society groups to speak at the final plenary meeting of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Conference on Monday, March 18th.  The Deadline to submit an application is January 31, 2013. The United Nations is currently accepting […]

DISHONEST HUMANITARIANISM?

June 14th, 2012

The invalid assumptions behind the United Nations’ small arms control initiatives By Jeff MORAN | Geneva Next month diplomats from the world over will converge at the United Nations in New York to formally negotiate a legally binding Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  This is the culmination of over a decade of humanitarian advocacy and pre-negotiations […]

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