Statement on behalf of UN agencies involved in humanitarian action delivered by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos

United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty
18-28 March 2013

Mr. President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for this opportunity to deliver a statement before the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty. I am delivering this statement on behalf of six United Nations agencies involved in humanitarian action.

[Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)]

Mr. President,

At the outset, let me welcome the convening of this conference. It demonstrates the commitment of States to address the consequences of the poorly regulated trade in arms and to build on the progress made to date towards the adoption of an arms trade treaty.

This conference is important for many reasons.

It is an opportunity for States to agree to global, binding rules to regulate the trade in arms.

It is an opportunity for States to take decisive action to address the adverse humanitarian, human rights and development consequences of the poorly regulated trade in arms and the corresponding widespread availability and misuse of weapons.

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