From July 3 to July 27, civil society organizations, political leaders and opinion leaders had converged to New
York for the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Surprisingly, less effort seems to have been made toward this. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says to be disappointed.
“I am disappointed that the Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) concluded its four-week-long session without agreement on a treaty text that would have set common standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms”, declared Ban Ki-Moon, last Friday. He expressed his concern about the fact that The Conference was not capable to conclude its work on the ATT, despite years of effort of Member States and civil society from many countries. According to him it is “a setback”.
However, he encouraged member States and civil Society organizations to pursue efforts for this much-awaited Arms Trade Treaty. “There is already considerable common ground and States can build on the hard work that has been done during these negotiations”, he urged.
On this regard, he commended the President of the Conference, Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritán of Argentina, for his persistence and skilful leadership of this complex process.
“My commitment to the pursuit of a robust ATT is steadfast. A strong treaty would rid the world of the appalling human cost of the poorly regulated international arms trade. It would also enhance the ability of the United Nations to cope with the proliferation of arms”, concluded the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.