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Secretary-General’s End of Year Press Conference

With 2013 marked by a deterioration “beyond all imagination” in the Syrian conflict and the “imminent danger of mass atrocities” looming in the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to follow the example of the late South African President Nelson Mandela in making 2014 the year of protecting people. Continue reading

Ban welcomes signing of Arms Trade Treaty by majority of UN members, including US

US Secretary of State John F. Kerry signing Arms Trade Treaty. UN Photo/JC McIlwaineWith 18 countries, including the United States, signing onto a new treaty regulating international trade in conventional arms today on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly high-level debate,  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the total number of signatories now exceeded half of all United Nations Member States. Continue reading

General Assembly votes in favour of Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)An overwhelming majority in the General Assembly voted in favour of 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. Continue reading