Today, a number of countries signed the Arms Trade Treaty, pushing the total number of signatures to more than half of all Member States.
The Secretary-General, as the depository of the Treaty, welcomes every signature to this important treaty. At the same time, 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. He believes this will contribute to efforts to reduce insecurity and suffering for people on all continents. He calls upon other countries to follow suit.