Statement on the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty
New York, 2 April 2014
The Secretary-General notes that one year ago today, the General Assembly adopted the landmark Arms Trade Treaty, which for the first time sets global standards for the transfer of weapons and efforts to prevent their diversion.
The Secretary-General is heartened that 118 States have signed the Treaty. He welcomes the deposit today of instruments of ratification by 18 Member States, which brings the number of deposited ratifications to 31. This will generate further momentum towards the 50 ratifications needed for the Treaty’s entry into force. The Secretary-General calls on all States that have not yet done so to sign and/or ratify the ATT without delay.
As we mark today’s milestone, the Secretary-General is deeply concerned that civilians continue to be killed or maimed in targeted or indiscriminate attacks with weapons that should not have reached the hands of the perpetrators.
The Secretary-General calls on States, civil society, and international and regional organizations to continue working together to ensure that the ATT can play its full role in helping to reduce needless human suffering and build a safer world for all.
Statements on 2 April 2014
- Fiji, 2 April 2014 - Secretary-General's message to Pacific Launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All [delivered by Mr. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States]
- Brussels, Belgium, 2 April 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks to Working Session on Peace and Security - Fourth EU-Africa Summit [as delivered]
- New York, 2 April 2014 - Secretary-General's message on World Autism Awareness Day
- Brussels, Belgium, 2 April 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks to Opening of the Fourth EU-Africa Summit
- Brussels, Belgium, 2 April 2014 - Secretary-General's remarks to the High-Level Meeting on the Central African Republic [Scroll down for French]