Peter Woolcott

Licorne nuclear test, 1971, French Polynesia

The Differing No-Nuke Stance Between Australia and New Zealand

CANBERRA, Australia — Because of the unique destructive capacity and uncontrollable effects of nuclear weapons, the almost indescribable horror associated with their use informed the very first resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946. It has been a recurring theme ever since in blue-ribbon international commissions, Non-Proliferation Treaty review conferences and General Assembly …

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Romanian ambassador to the UN

The Arms Trade Treaty Attracts 67 Signers So Far

The creation of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to control the international trade of conventional weapons and reduce “human suffering,” marks a solid achievement for the United Nations this year in its primary role of securing peace worldwide. And so it went to great lengths on June 3 to promote the success at special …

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Peter Woolcott, Australia ambassador to the UN

The UN Adopts an Arms Treaty ‘With Teeth’

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 representative …

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Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies at Fordham University
Control Arms Coalition

Take Two: Arms Trade Treaty Talks Resume

The second act of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations has opened at the United Nations this week. Like any good drama, these talks, which began on March 18, are sure to feature tense moments and plenty of controversy, although many people involved in the process are optimistic that this act will deliver a final agreement. …

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