Control Arms Campaign was launched in 2003 and has since gathered support for the Arms Trade Treaty from over a million people worldwide. In December 2006, 153 governments finally voted at the United Nations to start work on developing a global Arms Trade Treaty. Momentum for the treaty has been building ever since. In 2009, the UN General Assembly launched a time frame for the negotiation of the Arms Trade Treaty which includes several preparatory meetings, before the final negotiating conference scheduled for July 2-27, 2012. The conference will aim to ensure space for “negotiation of a legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms”, thus ensuring the do so in order to save lives.