Singapore signs UN Arms Trade Treaty in support of eliminating illicit weapons

SINGAPORE - The Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations (UN) Karen Tan signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on behalf of the Singapore Government yesterday at the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York.

The ATT is the first legally binding instrument negotiated at the UN that regulates the international transfer of conventional arms.

Countries which are parties to the treaty are required to abide by a set of common international standards that aims to eliminate the illicit trade of conventional arms and prevent their diversion.

"Singapore has consistently supported global efforts to establish common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms," the Ministry of Defence said in a media statement.

"The signing of the ATT reaffirms Singapore's commitment to international efforts to eliminate the threat posed by the illicit arms trade, and to international disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives that promote global peace and security," it added.

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