Adoption of ATT – an historic achievement by UN Member States: Eliasson

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Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [UN Photo/Rick Bajornas]

Adoption of the Arms TradeTreaty was an historic achievement by the UN Member States, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson told a High-level event on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on Wednesday.

He said the Arms Trade Treaty is living proof that good things can be achieved when governments and civil society work together through the United Nations, adding "Many governments insisted that this treaty had to contain strong, unambiguous commitments."

He said "the final agreement has a wide scope, encompassing small arms and light weapons, and covering ammunition as well. It contains essential, explicit connections to international humanitarian law and human rights law – and highlights gender-based violence. According to Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, the ATT will make it far more difficult for weapons to be diverted into the illicit market. They are not to reach warlords, pirates, terrorists and criminals. They are not to be used for human rights abuses or violations of international humanitarian law.

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the lack of international regulations for conventional arms has a direct impact on the work of the United Nations.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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