Rachel Stohl, senior associate with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center, was selected as one of the 50 heads of governments, public figures, U.N. officials, and non-governmental experts to celebrate the 50th ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), as part of the 50celebrating50 campaign organized by Control Arms. The campaign marks the “momentous occasion that was the product of the work of many more than 50 people alone. It was made possible by the millions that have called for action, worked tirelessly for change, and demanded an end to the irresponsible arms trade.”
Stohl currently directs the Arms Trade Treaty-Baseline Assessment Project and served as the consultant to the U.N. ATT process and the consultant to the U.N. Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on the Arms Trade Treaty from 2008-2013.
Stohl’s 50celebrating50 Quote
“I spent five years advising the two Conference Presidents on the development of the ATT. I saw ambassadors from around the world work together to find common ground and adopt common standards to ensure that arms would no longer flow with impunity. I saw governments recognize the value of transparency and accountability in the arms trade. From the moment the green lights lit up the voting board in the General Assembly, we knew that real change would follow. With entry into force just around the corner, the ATT can now make a tangible, meaningful difference for those who suffer from the unregulated, illicit, and irresponsible arms trade.”