On 2 July, 193 governments will come together at the United Nations in New York to negotiate the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty.
If it succeeds, the treaty could protect millions of lives by making it harder for violent dictators and criminals to get their hands on deadly weapons.
Can you help keep up the pressure on key influencing countries ahead of this crucial tipping point?
Take action on twitter!
Click the 'tweet' buttons to use our suggestions below, or write your own (remember to use the hashtag #ArmsTreaty).
USA ~ US State Department (@StateDept)
.@StateDept Stop trading weapons with the world's Mubaraks. Support a strong #ArmsTreaty with human rights rules http://bit.ly/ArmsTweety
Russia ~ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@MFA_Russia)
.@MFA_Russia stop arms to those using them for human rights abuses. Support an #ArmsTreaty & prevent another #Syria http://bit.ly/ArmsTweety
Australia ~ Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs (@BobJCarr)
.@BobJCarr @dfat Stay on target, bring back a strong #ArmsTreaty to keep weapons away from human rights abusers! http://bit.ly/ArmsTweety
We'll also be lobbying world leaders at the United Nations in New York throughout the negotiations. Your tweets will help keep up the pressure from home.
Why pressure the US, Russia and Australia?
The US is the world's largest arms exporter, accounting for an estimated 35% of the world's total arms deliveries. Several shipments of ammunition were sent to Egypt over the past year despite security forces' violent crackdown on protesters.
Russia is a major arms supplier to Syria. Despite the bloody uprising that has so far left 10,000 people dead in the last 14 months, weapons continue to flow into the country.
Australia's Bob Carr will be attending the opening of the treaty negotiations. The Australian Government is supportive of a strong treaty, but we think it can do more by using its influence to increase support in the Asia Pacific region.
Thanks for doing your bit!
Not on twitter? Not a problem. You can still sign our global appeal.We'll hand over your signature to world leaders at the United Nations in New York.