Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons.

Arms Trade Treaty
Map showing which states have signed or ratified the Treaty.
SignedOpen for signature from 3 June 2013
LocationNew York City, USA
Sealed2 April 2013 (2013-04-02)
Effective24 December 2014 (2014-12-24)[1]
Condition90 days after ratification by 50 states (Article 22)
DepositaryUN Secretary-General
LanguagesArabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
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It entered into force on 24 December 2014.[1] 110 states have ratified the treaty, and a further 32 states have signed but not ratified it.[2]

The ATT is an attempt to regulate the international trade of conventional weapons for the purpose of contributing to international and regional peace; reducing human suffering; and promoting co-operation, transparency, and responsible action by and among states.[3][4]

The treaty was negotiated in New York City at a global conference under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) from 2–27 July 2012.[5] As it was not possible to reach an agreement on a final text at that time, a new meeting for the conference was scheduled for 18–28 March 2013.[6] On 2 April 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted the ATT.[7][8]

International weapons commerce has been estimated to reach US$70 billion a year.[9]