SINGAPORE (Bernama) – Singapore signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York on Friday.
The signing of ATT reaffirms the republic’s commitment to international efforts to eliminate the threat posed by illicit arms trade, and to international disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives that promote global peace and security.
The Ministry of Defence said in a statement the treaty was signed by permanent representative of Singapore to UN, Karen Tan.
“Singapore has consistently supported global efforts to establish common international standards for the transfer of conventional arms,” said the ministry.
The ATT is the first legally binding instrument negotiated at the UN that regulates international transfers of conventional arms.
Countries which are parties to the treaty are required to abide by a set of common international standards aimed at eliminating the illicit trade of conventional arms and prevent their diversion.