Delhi Disarmament Events and United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Experts Conference from 14 to 17 February 2010

Control Arms Foundation of India together with more than 20 partner organisations and think tanks from across India hosted the “Delhi Disarmament Events and United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Experts Conference and 2010” from 14 to 17 February 2010 in New Delhi. The events were held to coincide with India’s Defence Expo (http://www.defexpoindia.in/) where several hundred arms companies from around the world had gathered to display and sell their arms in New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.

The four days comprised of a series of workshops, press conference, peace marches, concert and experts conference on a global arms trade which is out of control and was held at several locations in Delhi namely: Indian Social Institute, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, Press Club of India & India International Centre, New Delhi.

The "Delhi Disarmament Events and United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Experts Conference 2010" proved very successful and productive as for the first time, more than 20 civil society organizations from across the country from different social causes stood together to raise its concerns at the presence of several hundred arms companies which came for India Defence Expo 2010.

Also all organizations came together and submitted a memorandum to the Government of India calling for India to sign several disarmament treaties such as Mine Ban Treaty, Convention on Cluster Munition. Also a call was made to the government of India to support the United Nations process to make the Arms Trade Treaty to happen by 2012.

The conference and events ended with the understanding that academicians, research institutes, civil societies must work together in solidarity to engage the government in disarmament processes. The conference gave renewed strength and conviction to the participants and gave them confidence that their voices are getting more audible and articulated.

One of the major successes of the “Delhi Disarmament Events and United Nations Arms Trade Treaty Experts Conference 2010” was that it gave the participants opportunity to come together to inspire each other since testimonies from real gun and landmine survivors were related by the victims themselves. All participants were united in their belief that if they work together in solidarity they can make a difference in the field of arms control.

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