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Friday, September 27, 2013


The Philippines signed at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters on Wednesday, September 25, the first ever Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that establishes common international standards for the global trade in conventional arms. 

Ambassador Libran N. Cabactulan, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the United Nations, signed the Treaty on behalf of the Philippine Government. The Philippines was the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. 

"The Philippines signed the ATT to fulfill our country’s commitment to promoting international peace and security. The proliferation of conventional arms has contributed to violence and instability in many parts of the world including the Philippines and there is a need to address this serious concern," Ambassador Cabactulan said. 

The ATT was opened for signature on June 3, 2013, and will enter into force after 50 ratifications. To date, the total number of signatures represents more than half of all Member States. 

The ATT covers conventional weapons intended for military use and small arms, their ammunition, parts and components. It contains strong regulations, based on human rights and international humanitarian law, and provides a set of criteria in the export of conventional arms. 
After a seven-year process at the United Nations, the Treaty text was adopted through a resolution by the UN General Assembly on April 2, 2013, by a vote of 154 in favor, three against and 23 abstentions. 

The Philippines voted in favor of the text of the ATT. Prior to its adoption, the Philippines consistently voted in favor of the ATT since it was first tabled in the General Assembly in 2006. 

The Philippines actively participated in the negotiating process leading to the adoption of the ATT including the four Preparatory Meeting of the Arms Trade Treaty (2010-2012), the July 2012 Negotiating Conference and the Final Conference in March 2013. (DFA)

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