WILPF's Reaching Critical Will Project (RCW) continues to campaign in the international arena for the full and immediate abolition of nuclear weapons. The fourth ATT PrepCom is meeting in New York from 13-17 February 2012 to prepare for the July negotiations of an arms trade treaty. RCW is working with other NGOs to cover the proceedings and provide analysis and primary documentation online.
RCW believes that an ATT should not merely be used as a procedural authorization of arms transfers, but should be a strong tool with the primary purpose of preventing armed conflict, preventing the violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and seriously reducing the culture and economy of militarism. RCW also urges the ATT to include a gender perspective, and recognise that women are instrumental in designing and implementing arms control programmes, arms transfer decisions, peace agreements, and post-conflict reconstruction plans.