General Assembly Approves Global Arms Trade Treaty
A view of the voting panels as the United Nations General Assembly votes to approve a global arms trade treaty. The treaty, which regulates the international trade in conventional arms, received 154 votes in favour. Three Member States – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Iran and Syria – voted against the decision, while 23 countries abstained. Applauding the treaty’s adoption is Stuart Beck (shown on screens, and at left on podium), Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN and Vice-President of the General Assembly. On his left, on the podium, is Jean-Jacques Graisse, Acting Head of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management.