State Secretary Gry Larsen signing the treaty . 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.State Secretary Gry Larsen signing the treaty . Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Norway among the first to sign UN arms trade treaty

6/3/2013 // State Secretary Gry Larsen signed the UN Arms Trade Treaty on behalf of Norway. The treaty is the first binding agreement to regulate trade in weapons and will enter into force after 50 states have ratified it.

“Norway has worked systematically to bring about such a treaty. It is now crucial that as many countries as possible sign and ratify the treaty so that it enters into force as quickly as possible,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.

State Secretary Gry Larsen signed the treaty on behalf of Norway, along with representatives from a number of other countries, at a signing ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. The agreement will enter into force after 50 states have ratified it.

Borhild T.Kroan from Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development and State Secretary Gry LarsenBorghild T. Krokan from Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development and State Secretary Gry Larsen after the signing.

“The arms trade treaty is an important step in the right direction when it comes to reducing armed violence and the serious human suffering caused by the illegal and irresponsible trade in weapons,” Mr Eide said.

The new treaty covers a wide range of conventional weapons, including ammunition and parts and components of conventional weapons. The treaty also includes important prohibitions and criteria relating to export licences, violations of international humanitarian law, international human rights, organised crime, terrorism in importing states and gender-based violence.

“Norway will work to ensure that the arms trade treaty is implemented effectively, and that there is a focus on the humanitarian aspects of the arms trade. It is crucial that the treaty gains global acceptance and that it sets a new international standard. In the years ahead, we will seek to strengthen the treaty, both in specific areas and by keeping it up to date as regards technological developments in the weapons field,” Mr Eide said.

 Read the statement State Secretary Gry Larsens delivered after the signing


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