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Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty

 

In its resolution 63/240, entitled "Towards an arms trade treaty: establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms", the General Assembly decided to establish an open-ended working group that would meet for up to six one-week sessions starting in 2009 in order to facilitate further consideration on the implementation of the relevant recommendation contained in paragraph 27 of the report of the Group of Governmental Experts to examine the feasibility, scope and draft parameters for a comprehensive, legally binding instrument establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms (see A/63/334), on a step-by-step basis among all States Members of the United Nations, in an open and transparent manner.

In this regards, at its sixty-fourth session, the General Assembly adopted resolution 64/48, in which it decided to convene a United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty to meet for four consecutive weeks in 2012 to elaborate a legally binding instrument on the highest possible common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms; also decided that the Conference would be undertaken in an open and transparent manner, on the basis of consensus, to achieve a strong and robust treaty; and further decided to consider the remaining sessions of the Openended Working Group in 2010 and 2011 as a preparatory committee for the Conference.