A resolution entitled "Arms Trade Treaty" was adopted on Friday, October 20 by the First Committee of the 64th session of the UN General Assembly. The text, which received the support of 153 Member States, aims to determine the steps towards the negotiation of this treaty and makes provision for the organization of a UN conference in New York in 2012 on the Arms Trade Treaty. It will be preceded by 5 sessions of a preparatory committee, staggered over 2010 and 2011.
The resolution reaffirms the objective of a universal, legally binding instrument, embodying the highest possible common standards regarding the export, import and transfer of conventional weapons. The treaty should therefore make it possible to limit the supply of weapons and munitions in areas of conflict and instability, to maintain peace, security and regional stability and to enhance respect for human rights and international humanitarian law.
France welcomes this new progress towards the adoption of an arms trade treaty, which it has actively supported for several years. The adoption of an ambitious and universal treaty should lead all States to adopt rules encouraging responsible, transparent and proportionate behavior in the arms trade.