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The Arms Trade Treaty

The cover of the Arms Trade Treaty document

On 2 April 2013, the General Assembly adopted the landmark Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), regulating the international trade in conventional arms, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.

The treaty will foster peace and security by putting a stop to destabilising arms flows to conflict regions.

It will prevent human rights abusers and violators of the law of war from being supplied with arms. And it will help keep warlords, pirates, and gangs from acquiring these deadly tools.