NAE expresses disappointment over postponement of ATT decision by US

“The world’s governments came very close to finalizing the Arms Trade Treaty that would have stemmed the flow of illicit weapons to gangs, criminals and terrorists, making the world safer. Observers had worried that North Korea, Iran or Syria might try to block a deal, but were shocked when the United States, in the final hours, and despite getting almost everything it asked for, withdrew support needed to seal the deal. We are deeply disappointed.”

Galen Carey
Vice President, Government Relations
National Association of Evangelicals

Press Statement

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World Evangelical Alliance Advocates for a Robust Arms Trade Treaty

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) is actively involved in the Arms Trade Treaty that is being negotiated at the United Nations in the month of July. Diplomats from more than 100 countries around the world are discussing new legally-binding global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) agreements that will establish an international understanding of how to transfer conventional arms and ammunition.

Bishop Elias Taban, President of the Sudan Evangelical Alliance, who experienced the atrocities of war firsthand, shared his personal testimony in front of the UN delegates. He says: "I call it an answer to prayer when we are able to get the world together to talk about small arms and ammunitions control. Because I think that small arms and ammunitions have done more damage and more lives have gone than the threat of nuclear weapons that we are so much concerned about."

Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe, Secretary General of the WEA, participated in media events as well as meeting with heads of national delegations to promote a robust Arms Trade Treaty. “I think arms trade is a very critical issue. I was just in South Sudan, where the global trade of arms is having a great impact on many people's lives. I think of issues in Sri Lanka or Uganda, weapons are given to little children, which should be a cause of concern for all Christians," he says and adds: "It's about what God requires from us – to love justice and show mercy. Obviously in an ideal world, no weapons will be needed. But the fact is that due to injustice, there are children forced to become child soldiers. I think that demonstrating biblical justice is the foundation for this kind of engagement."

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