Organisational communications

Arms Trade Treaty Approved

This article, written by Saferworld’s Small Arms and Transfer Controls Advisor, Elizabeth Kirkham, together with Allison Pytlak of Control Arms, first appeared in the Summer 2013 edition of Disarmament Times, a publication by the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security. Here they examine the Arms Trade Treaty that was adopted by Member States in the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013 following an international campaign over nearly two decades. Key elements of the Treaty text are highlighted alongside expectations for the future establishment of an effective international regime and the need for governments and civil society to work together to ensure full implementation of the Treaty’s provisions.



  本文由更安全世界小型武器与转让管控顾问伊丽莎白•柯卡姆(Elizabeth Kirkham)和军控联盟项目经理艾莉森•彼特拉克(Allison Pytlak)共同撰写,初载于非政府组织裁军、和平与安全委员会(NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security)所属刊物《裁军时代》(Disarmament Times)2013年夏季刊。历经二十余年的国际管控武器贸易的运动,2013年4月2日,《武器贸易条约》于联合国大会终获通过。本文着重探讨了条约文本中的关键内容。在展望条约作为国际机制发挥积极作用的同时,作者也指出国家政府与公民社会需共同协作,以期充分履行条约的内容。

“As the first-ever global treaty to establish common standards for regulating the international trade in conventional arms, the ATT can be a force for good in international relations. Moreover, if fully implemented in letter and spirit, it has the potential to fulfil the aims of its proponents – to save lives and protect livelihoods.”

Elizabeth Kirkham and Allison Pytlak