New York, NY, United States (4E) – Despite opposition in the Senate, the government of U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a landmark United Nations’ arms trade treaty to fight shipments of weapons to extremists and to boost global peace efforts.
The U.S., the largest exporter of conventional arms in the world, accounts for 30 percent of the $90 billion global industry.
Secretary of State John Kerry, who signed the pact, said, “This is about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue actors. This treaty strengthens our security and builds global security without undermining the legitimate international trade in conventional arms.”
Hailing the U.S. signature, a spokesperson for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that it has “particular significance”, adding that the treaty would “contribute to efforts to reduce insecurity and suffering for people on all continents.”