Is there peace?

Posted by Julian Rosser Campaigns and Communications Co-ordinator, Oxfam Cymru

3rd Aug 2012

Peace: a concept as synonymous with the National Eisteddfod as clog dancing, choirs, stone circles and men in dresses.

Peace: a concept as synonymous with the National Eisteddfod as clog dancing, choirs, stone circles and men in dresses.

So where better than the Eisteddfod for Oxfam Cymru to relaunch its campaign for a global arms trade treaty? We want a global agreement to stop the exports of weapons and ammunition when they could be used to fuel conflict and abuse human rights.

Why relaunch the campaign now? Because after ten years of campaigning, which saw the idea of a treaty move from the fringe to the mainstream, we saw international talks in New York finish without agreement at the end of July.

There is still hope. Ninety countries at the talks, including the UK, issued a statement to say that they were still determined to agree a treaty. The blockers, major arms producers like the USA and Russia, are increasingly seen as being in a minority. We are determined to take the battle to the General Assembly of the United Nations in October where no single country can use a veto. (see: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/blogs/2012/07/disappointed-but-not-discouraged?intcmp=hp_57_hych3_att_verdict_2012-07-31 )

We'll be at the Eisteddfod all week inviting the people of Wales to join the campaign. You can come and join in, next to the BBC's big screen. If you won't be there in person, you can join in online by tweeting your support with the hashtag #aoesheddwch to @oxfamcymru. Or sign the global petition here:  http://www.oxfam.org.uk/get-involved/campaign-with-us/find-an-action/control-arms-petition-2012

Blog post written by Julian Rosser

Campaigns and Communications Co-ordinator, Oxfam Cymru

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