[ View the story "United Nations passes world's first #ArmsTreaty " on Storify] United Nations passes world's first #ArmsTreaty Activists point to fierce social media campaign in success of historic treaty.
The Stream· Tue, Apr 02 2013 13:07:34
History was made on Tuesday! Resolution on #ArmsTradeTreaty was adopted -- 154 in favour, 3 against & 23 abstentions.United Nations
Kudos to UN for passing arms control treaty. World is safer when human rights abusers don't have carte blanche for buying weapons.Michael Shea
Commenters online noted the important role played by non-governmental organisations and arms control activists.
All of you who haven't been following #armstreaty --it was given up for dead nine mos ago. How govts and NGOs made it happen is impt (1/2)Heather Hurlburt
(2/2) story of 21st c networked intl affairs. Whether #armstreaty can b made to have impact also impt story of networked int'l affairs.Heather Hurlburt
Michelle Ringuette, Chief of Campaigns and Programs at Amnesty International, spoke to The Stream about the treaty:
Al Jazeera's The Stream speaks to Michelle Ringuette (@Ringuette) - Amnesty InternationalMichael Hopper
Advocacy group Control Arms relied heavily on social media campaigning to drum up support for a strong treaty. Below, a photo of one campaign advocating for stricter regulations in the treaty draft.
Another campaign enlisted diplomats to promote the #VoteYes hashtag and show their support on social media.
[PHOTO] Diplomat from #Honduras will #VoteYes for the #ArmsTreaty tomorrow @UN. RT to show your support!
Arms control advocates tweeted their personal reactions after the vote.
After 10 years of campaigning we are pleased to finally announce: the world has the #ArmsTreaty it has waited so long for.Matthew Bolton
Am i allowed a moment? I've worked on #armstreaty for 19 yrs & we've ALL achieved something today that can change the world for the betterOlly Sprague
Others online discussed the long-term prospects for arms control:
History made today? #armstradetreaty will make for a boring and irrelevant footnote with such loose and ambiguous terms.Bleddyn Bowen
@UN Good luck implementing it! I'm going out to buy a few guns now!#hodgster - KK4NWA
All #armstreaty sceptics who fought to undermine negotiations now say text is not good enough.Martin Butcher
It *intends* to bring sanity to weapons prolif. BigBiz arms dealers will prob. use #ATT to monopolise/dominate trade #ajstream #cestlavieAdhila101
The news that Iran, North Korea, and Syria had voted 'no' was also debated online.
Boggles my mind how certain "activists" can be so quick 2 judge. The fact that so many anti-imperial states abstained means something. #ATTChris Dekki
Arms Trade Treaty adopted over the objections of Iran, North Korea, Syria and the NRA. #NewAxisOfEvilElizabeth Eastwood