First Arms Trade Treaty adopted turns one year old

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Some light and heavy weapons collected from fighters under a disarmament programme. UN Photo/S. Waak

The UN Secretary-General has called on all States that have not yet signed and ratified the Arms Trade Treaty to do so without delay.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the appeal on Wednesday as the General Assembly marked the first anniversary of the adoption of the Treaty.

Fifty signatures are needed for the Treaty to enter into force.

For the first time ever, the Treaty set global standards for the transfer of weapons and efforts to prevent their diversion.

Farhan Haq is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Secretary-General is heartened that 118 States have signed the Treaty. He welcomes the joint deposit today of instruments of ratification by 18 Member States, which brings the number of deposited ratifications to 31. This will generate further momentum towards the 50 ratifications needed for the Treaty's entry into force. The Secretary-General calls on all States that have not yet done so to sign and/or ratify the Arms Trade Treaty without delay."

Marking Wednesday's milestone, the Secretary-General recalled the many civilians that continued to be killed or maimed with illegally-traded weapons.

The Secretary-General also called on States, civil society, and international and regional organizations to continue to support and work toward a functional Arms Trade Treaty.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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