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Medical Alert for a Strong Arms Trade Treaty – Sign the Petition!

December 14, 2011

Calling All Health Professionals to Help Pass a Global Arms Trade Treaty to Save Lives, Protect Health

Hundreds of thousands of people are killed each year with firearms, with millions more maimed or traumatized. The cost of treating armed violence is a huge drain on health budgets and diverts monetary and human capital from other vital human needs.

Yet there are currently no legally binding, global rules regulating the trade in conventional arms.

The United Nations is negotiating a global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to prevent irresponsible arms trade. A strong and humanitarian-focused ATT would help save lives and promote health.

If you are a medical or public health professional we need you to add your health voice to our new Medical Alert on Armed Violence petition to the United Nations to call for passage of a strong global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Our goal is 25,000 health signatures, and you can help.

Add your name to the petition supporting a strong and humanitarian-based ATT.  A delegation of IPPNW medical professionals will deliver the petition to the key negotiators at the UN during the ATT Review Conference in 2012.

After you sign the petition, send a message to your medical colleagues and ask them to sign, too.

IPPNW is launching this campaign as a sister initiative to the global Speak Out! campaign of the Control Arms Coalition.  Health professionals  and others can add their voices to this campaign at the Control Arms web site here.

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