Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the UN General Assembly

April 3, 2013

    1. Japan sincerely welcomes the passing of a resolution to adopt the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by an overwhelming majority at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on April 3 (Eastern Standard Time).
    2. At the Final UN Conference on the ATT preceding the UNGA meeting and held from March 18 to 28, Japan — as Vice-President of the UN Asia-Pacific Group and as a co-author of the 2009 UNGA resolution on the ATT — supported the Conference President, H.E. Ambassador Peter Woolcott (Australia), and actively contributed to the success of the negotiations with the aim of concluding an effective international agreement regulating the international transfer of conventional arms with participation from a broad range of countries.
    3. Building on this outcome, Japan is committed to continuing to lead international efforts in this field.

    (Note) The seven co-author states of the 2006 UNGA Resolution on the ATT are Japan, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Kenya and the United Kingdom.