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Disarmament Week
24-30 October

"Unregulated arms transfers to conflict zones, terrorists and organized crime groups should be a thing of the past. For the Arms Trade Treaty to be truly effective, universal participation in the treaty — as well as rigorous implementation by all — are essential."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Report of the Secretary-General on the
work of the Organization, 2016


Michael Douglas (second from right), UN Messenger of Peace, speaks during the inauguration ceremony of a new installation of civil society petitions calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons. Also present is Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left). (UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras)
United States Secretary of State John F. Kerry signs the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the first international treaty regulating the global arms trade in conventional arms. The ATT will come into force 90 days after it has been ratified by 50 nations.
25 September 2013 United Nations, New York


The annual observance of Disarmament Week, which begins on the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, was called for in the Final Document of the General Assembly 1978 special session on disarmament (resolution S-10/2). States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament.

In 1995, the General Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week (resolution 50/72 B, 12 December 1995). It invited the Secretary-General to continue using United Nations information entities as widely as possible, to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament problems, and the aims of the Week.

On 26 September 2013 the General Assembly convened a high-level meeting on nuclear disarmament to contribute to achieving the goal of nuclear disarmament.

Arms Trade Treaty: Every year during the annual United Nations Treaty Event - , much of the attention was focused on the Arms Trade Treaty, which (as of October 2016) has 130 signatories.The Treaty, regulating the international trade in conventional arms – from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships – entered into force on 24 December 2014.

“It is of particular significance that the largest arms-exporting country in the world, the United States, is now also among those countries who have committed themselves to a global regulation of the arms trade,” a spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in response to US Secretary of State John Kerry signing the treaty.

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