Arms Trade Treaty
On 6 December 2006, the UN General Assembly first voted to work towards an Arms Trade Treaty to protect civilians worldwide from irresponsible arms transfers.
Since 2006 UN diplomats have been discussing the need for an Arms Trade Treaty. Meanwhile 2.1 million people have died as a result of armed violence. The UN needs to start negotiations on a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty immediately.
Irresponsible arms transfers are undermining many developing countries’ chances of achieving their Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets.
Finally ratified by more than 50 countries, the Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force by the end of this year.
Conflict, disasters and emergencies are frequent, but their devastating impact on ordinary people can often be avoided.