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Why do we need an Arms Trade Treaty?

Every day, 2,000 people are killed by armed violence and millions more are injured, raped, displaced and impoverished because of the worldwide proliferation and constant threat of arms. Because there are no rules or laws to govern the arms trade, it continues to drive conflict and human rights abuses. In addition, armed violence strips resources away from schools, health care systems and infrastructure, undermining development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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To ensure that countries stop transferring arms between one another irresponsibly and for profit, a binding Arms Trade Treaty is an absolute necessity. Negotiations on the treaty will be held at the United Nations from March 18 to 28, and it is crucial that they result in a strong, effective instrument with no loopholes that could undermine its effectiveness.

More ways to take action

You can help prevent children like Maala being born with chronic illnesses by helping pregnant women stay healthy and nourished in the first place.

Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (June 2017). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.

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