On 2nd April 2013, after a negotiation of seven years, the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in order to regulate international trade of conventional arms and to fight against illicit trade of arms which contributes to organized crime. To this day, the Treaty has been ratified by 13 States. The ratification by a minimum of 50 States is necessary for the Treaty’s entry into force.
To celebrate the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, the UN will organize a ceremony on 2nd April 2014. 18 States, including France, will deposit jointly their instruments of ratification and the number of States parties to the Treaty will double. A major step towards the entry into force will be made.
Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson and Mrs Anna MacDonald, representing the NGO Control Arms Coalition, will make introductory statements. Closing remarks will be made by Mrs Virginia Gamba, UN Deputy High Representative for Disarmament.
During the ceremony, the Treaty will be ratified by: France, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Salvador, Slovakia, Slovenia and the UK.