Today we are closer to the entry into force the ATT
Today (June 3) is the one year anniversary of the ATT Opening for Signature. At least 10 states including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Samoa and St Vincent and the Grenadines will ratify at a special ceremony at the United Nations headquarters. They join a growing group of states that have already ratified including major European arms exporters UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
We’ve come a long way but there’s still further to go before the treaty enters into force and starts to save lives. The total number of states that have now ratified the treaty stands at around  – requiring just a further [eight] to meet the 50 needed for the ATT to enter into force.
All states ratifying today must show these are not just words on paper – they must lead by example from now on. All governments are responsible for the arms trade – and all governments need to act to ensure it is brought under control.
For that reason we call on all states that have not yet ratified to do so as soon as possible. You have signed up to the treaty and made a commitment to bringing the arms trade under control. Now, you must help make it a reality by ratifying the treaty so that it can come into force. Now is the time to step up to the plate.