Press Statement: The Arms Trade Treaty: towards entry into force
Statement by the Arms Trade Treaty Co-Author Countries
25 September 2013
On 25 September, during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the seven co-authors of the Arms Trade Treaty resolution (Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Kenya and the United Kingdom) hosted a High-level event to welcome the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty and look ahead towards entry into force.
The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted on 2 April, following seven years of negotiation. Since opening for signature on 3 June, 108 States have signed and 7 have ratified, including 17 States signing at the United Nations today.
The Arms Trade Treaty is the first ever global, legally-binding instrument to regulate international transfers of a wide range of conventional arms from battle tanks to small arms and light weapons, ammunition, parts and components. It is a landmark Treaty and a major achievement for the United Nations. In requiring states to exercise responsibility and transparency in arms transfers with full respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law, the Arms Trade Treaty will have a significant impact on the lives of millions of people, men, women and children.
The Co-Authors today re-affirm our ongoing commitment to the Arms Trade Treaty from working towards early entry into force, to encouraging signature and ratification, supporting effective implementation and delivering a treaty that will make the world a safer place. We encourage all States to make this a priority and to take the necessary steps towards signature and ratification so that the Treaty will be applied to arms transfers universally.