The SNDatUN Office recently collaborated with other NGOs on a statement regarding militarization and its negative effect on women and children. In mid-March a second negotiating conference for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) took place in New York at UN Headquarters. The ATT could, if strengthened, reduce gender-based violence, save lives, and protect rights. www.un.org/disarmament/ATT/
We called on UN Member States to:
- Agree on a strong Arms Trade Treaty that includes legally-binding gender provisions.
- Reduce military spending and expenditure on weapons production and procurement, diverting these resources to human development and environmental sustainability.
- Ensure and support women’s full and equal participation in all peace negotiations and processes and in the development of international instruments such as the Arms Trade Treaty.