Press Release 128/2013
31 May 2013
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja will travel to New York on Sunday to sign the Arms Trade Treaty on 3 June.
The Arms Trade Treaty was negotiated at two conferences, one in July 2012 and the other in March 2013, and was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013. Finland is one of the initiators of the Arms Trade Treaty, together with Australia, Argentina, Costa Rica, Japan, Kenya and the United Kingdom.
The Arms Trade Treaty regulates the international trade in conventional weapons and strives to prevent their illegal trade. The Treaty covers conventional weapons intended for military use and small arms, their ammunition, parts and components.
The Treaty is the first international agreement on the arms trade, and it contains strong regulations, based on human rights and international humanitarian law, prohibiting exportation as well as criteria to follow in controlling the export of conventional arms. The amendment clause contained in the Arms Trade Treaty allows for revision of the Treaty at a later stage, taking into account developments in the field.
The Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force after 50 ratifications. Finland has also launched the Arms Trade Treaty ratification process.
Additional information: Counsellor Riitta Resch, mobile tel. +358 50 526 3318 and Chief of Cabinet Katja Pehrman, mobile tel. +358 40 181 9257