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Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature

An armoury built by MAG in DRC

An armoury developed by MAG in the Democratic Republic of Congo, designed to ensure safe storage of weapons and help stop the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. [Photo: Sean Sutton / MAG]

The Arms Trade Treaty will open for signature at the United Nations in New York from 3 June 2013 until its entry into force.

This marks the beginning of an important journey down a long road, as it will probably take several years for states to sign and MAG will be following the progress with interest.

The Arms Trade Treaty seeks to regulate the £46 billion business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.

The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade on Tuesday 2 April 2013.

Following the vote, MAG’s Chief Executive, Nick Roseveare, said: "MAG commends the years of dedicated effort and collaboration between the UN, States, NGOs, Civil Society and others that has led to yesterday’s historic Arms Trade Treaty.

"The ATT recognises the negative humanitarian consequences of the unregulated and illicit trade in conventional arms, as well as the importance of preventing their diversion to the black market.

"The ATT will be a significant addition to the set of international frameworks that aim to prevent and reduce the human suffering caused by illicit weapons and munitions, including small arms, light weapons and ammunition.

"This outcome is a huge step in the right direction towards peace and improved security for conflict affected communities all over the world."

Read the Arms Trade Treaty here

Page published: 30 May 2013


Find out more about MAG’s work to improve the security, storage and management of weapons and munitions, and other measures to build a more secure future for communities:

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DOWNLOAD REPORTS: Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) and Small Arms & Light Weapons (SALW)

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