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Countdown to the Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference, July 2-27

April 11, 2012

In less than 100 days the nations of the world will convene at the United Nations in New York Cityfor final negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  The world will be watching to see if states can agree to a strong and humanitarian-based ATT that will help prevent injuries and deaths worldwide from armed violence. The Control Arms Coalition, of which IPPNW is an active member and serves on the Steering Board, is preparing to participate fully during the month of negotiations. IPPNW members from all corners of the globe will arrive at the UN to ensure that diplomats understand the devastating human and health consequences of armed violence. Control Arms has launched a Speakout Campaign to show the diverse voices that support a “bulletproof” ATT. Personal stories are being featured each day on the web site. IPPNW-Nigeria’s Dr. Daniel Bassey ‘s personal story is featured now, and other IPPNW voices will be featured in the weeks to come.

In July IPPNW will also be presenting to diplomats signatures from our Medical Alert for a Strong ATT, along with petitions from parliamentarians and an interfaith coalition. If you have not yet done so, please sign the petition , and circulate it to colleagues at your university, hospital, medical school or other networks. We need your voice to convince the negotiators that the health professionals of your country want action now!

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