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I salute the Arms Control Association … for its keen vision of the goals ahead and for its many efforts to identify and to promote practical measures that are so vitally needed to achieve them. -

– Amb. Nobuyasu Abe,
Former UN Undersecretary General for Disarmament Affairs
January 28, 2004
Arms Trade Treaty
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The Arms Trade Treaty is a multilateral treaty designed to regulate international trade in conventional arms. The United States was the 91st state to sign the Treaty. All parties must not authorize arms which would violate the UN Security Council’s Article VII, break any international treaties or arms embargoes, or be used in crimes or attacks against civilians. Importing states must make information about authorization of imports and exports available to exporting states. Transit states or trans-shipment states also have access to relevant information on authorizations in question subject to its national laws, practices and policies.

Opened for Signature: 3 June 2013

Entry into force: 24 December 2014

Official Text: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/att/text

Status and Signatories: http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/att

ACA Backgrounder: https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/arms_trade_treaty