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Arms Trade Treaty - What remains to be done

The adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty on April 2nd - the first time that a majority of States agreed to establish controls on international transfers of conventional weapons and ammunition - was a historic moment.

Nathalie Weizmann, a legal advisor at our Arms Unit, was the ICRC's focal point for the negotiations that led to the treaty's adoption.

She explains the scope the treaty and its potential impact on persons affected by armed conflict and violence, the role played by the ICRC in the negotiations, and what now needs to be done for States to deliver on their promises.