The global trade in conventional weapons from warships and battle tanks to fighter jets and machine guns - remains poorly regulated. No set of internationally agreed
standards exists to guide States in making arms transfer decisions. That is why, too often, weapons and ammuniton end up in the hands of human rights violators and armed groups.
The General Assembly of the UN convened the Conference on the ATT ‘to negotiate a legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms. An Arms Trade Treaty aims to address all aspects of the arms trade, including:
Scope: what weapons should be covered?
Criteria: what situations should be taken into account by an exporting country when authorizing a transfer?
Implementation: what actions at the national, regional, and global levels are needed to make an ATT work?For more info, visit :
UNRCPD facilitated a regional meeting on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in advance of the Final UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in March 2013.The regional meeting took place in Kuala Lumpur on 26-27 February 2013 and was hosted by the Government of Malaysia.
The purpose of the two-day meeting was to create a forum for regional dialogue and to share views in advance of the upcoming negotiations. This was an opportunity for senior officials involved in the negotiations to come together to exchange ideas and discuss with their colleagues from countries in the region. External experts were also invited to provide insights and updates on key topics under discussion.
The main issues of focus were: