Ban confident Member States will overcome differences and muster political will needed to agree on Arms Trade Treaty

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A robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), will help alleviate the plight of the millions of people affected by conflicts and armed violence and enable the United Nations to better carry out its mandate to promote peace, development and human rights around the world, says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

In a statement from the Spokesperson's Office in which he looks forward to the Final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which begins its work next week in New York, the Secretary-General said "adoption of this treaty will also provide much-needed momentum for wider disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the international community".

Secretary-General Ban said he's confident that Member States will overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on this landmark treaty.

He said it is our collective responsibility to put an end to the inadequate regulation of the global trade in conventional weapons — from small arms to tanks to combat aircraft.

And, he reiterated his support for an Arms Trade Treaty that regulates international transfers of both weapons and ammunition and provides for common standards for exporting States.

According to the statement, these standards are important for assessing the risks that transferred weapons are not used to fuel conflict, arm criminals or abet violations of international humanitarian or human rights law.

Secretary-General Ban stressed that "this is the only path to more accountability, openness and transparency in the arms trade".

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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