UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the imminent entry into force of the landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which seeks to regulate the global trade in conventional arms.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Wednesday called for more countries to join the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to facilitate its entry into force.
Signatures are the first step to ratification, and the treaty will only take effect after 50 countries ratify it.
Amnesty International on Monday challenged governments to deliver on their promises to rapidly and rigorously implement the life saving Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), as 62 nations signed the landmark agreement.
India abstained from the Arms Trade Treaty adopted by the United Nations and the government will take all measures to ensure that it does not impact national interest, the Lok Sabha was informed.
The resolution containing the text of the treaty was approved by 154 "yes" votes with the simple majority of 97 votes in favour needed to pass the text.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he is "deeply disappointed" at failure of UN conference to adopt treaty by consensus which would help regulate the multi-billion-dollar international arms trade.
Ahead of the upcoming conference beginning next week, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that he hopes the international community would be able to reach consensus on an Arms Trade Treaty.
Representatives of 20 Asian
countries, including India, gathered here on Wednesday to discuss a
proposed international treaty on arms trade to regulate the
global weapons market.
The world`s nations opened negotiations on Monday on an arms trade treaty meant to regulate the $55 billion global weapons market.
Most of the world`s major weapons exporters, including the United States, have supported a UN resolution that calls for a treaty aimed at strengthening controls on the international arms trade.
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