di Giovanni at the UN
Arms control campaigners who have gathered more than one million signatures on a petition calling for the treaty formation said that in addition to former UN military leaders, some veteran war correspondents are also supporting their demand for the treaty.
“It’s about people. It’s about their struggle for life,” said Janine di Giovanni, a well-known European war reporter who has covered various bloody conflicts around the world for over 20 years.
“These weapons destroy entire societies,” she told reporters at a news conference organized by Oxfam at UN headquarters Tuesday.
According to the United Nations and Oxfam researchers, in 2005, small arms alone were responsible for the deaths of over half a million people –10,000 per week on average.