• Arms Trade Treaty

    Top Sellers of Weapons to the Developing World in 2015? US and France

    by  • January 18, 2017 • Disarmament, Geopolitics, Middle East • 

    Sanaa Yemen families the day after an airstrike

    A responsibility to promote worldwide cooperation toward peace and security is not the only role that the permanent-five veto-wielding powers in the United Nations Security Council have in common. Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are also the world’s largest exporters of conventional weapons to developing countries. The export of weapons by...

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    Japan’s Take on Peace, Human Rights and the UN

    by  • June 14, 2013 • Asia, Human Rights, Peace and Security, Special Report • 1 Comment

    Tsuneo Nishida, Japanese ambassador to the UN

    Tsuneo Nishida, the Japanese ambassador to the United Nations, spoke recently on his country’s positions on peace and security, disarmament, human rights and UN reform. Japan, which is the world’s third-largest economy and second-biggest contributor (after the United States) to the UN’s general budget, is planning to run for an elected seat on the...

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    The UN Adopts an Arms Treaty ‘With Teeth’

    by  • April 3, 2013 • Disarmament, General Assembly, Peace and Security, US-UN Relations, Women • 2 Comments

    Peter Woolcott, Australia ambassador to the UN

    The momentous adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty at the United Nations has been greeted with much enthusiasm worldwide but also strong skepticism as the reality of carrying out its aim — regulating international transfers of conventional arms — sets in. “Effectiveness will be slow as it comes into force,” Peter Woolcott, the permanent...

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    Australian Academics Want Women’s Voices Heard at the Security Council

    by  • April 2, 2013 • Peace and Security, Security Council, Women • 

    Woman laying out leather

    A new network of women academics from Australia and New Zealand is keeping a close eye on Australia’s new two-year term as an elected member of the United Nations Security Council. The academics have organized a collective to track how well the UN’s most powerful body and Australia itself adhere to the landmark Women,...

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