Finland jointly deposited with 17 other stated the instruments of ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty on 2 April 2014. The deposition took place on the first anniversary of the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty by the General Assembly.
The main speaker in the deposition event was Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Jan Eliasson. Finland has taken an active part in the negotiations about the Treaty from their start seven years ago.
Finland advocates universal and full implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. Finland stresses the importance of the treaty and underlines alleviation of the negative consequences of irresponsible arms trade for the civilian population, especially women and children.
Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, New York