PLEDGE P1423

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Proposed Evaluation Criteria : è        Continued engagement and liaison between the Australian Government and the Australian Red Cross to enhance the protection of civilians, to address the humanitarian impacts of weapons on civilians and to advocate for the adoption and universalisation of international treaties that address these impacts.

Pledge text : For the years 2012-2015, Australia and Australian Red Cross hereby pledge to continue to work together to pursue practical measures and to engage constructively in international negotiations to enhance the protection and dignity of civilians affected by armed conflict, including by addressing the humanitarian impacts of weapons on civilians both during and after armed conflict.

In particular, Australia and Australian Red Cross hereby pledge to:

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Continue to take a leading role in international advocacy for mine action, including universalisation of international treaties seeking to address humanitarian hazards of explosive remnants of war such as anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions;
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Engage in international efforts to tackle the issues of small arms and light weapons; and
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Work together to support international action to adopt an Arms Trade Treaty that will establish best possible minimum international standards for the control of trade in conventional arms.