It is the first attempt at regulating the conventional weapons trade and includes provisions for bans on arms sales to human rights violators. The goal is to regulate the global trade in small arms and prevent illegal arms trading.
I know that it is a pious wish, and 'nothing will change', but the road is the right one.
(The final change occurs only when the extreme military barbarians are unable to incarnate in to the human bodies).
The treaty was approved by the UN General Assembly in April, and will be signed on Monday. Finland was one of the drivers behind the agreement, along with Australia, Argentina, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, but also Japan and Kenya.
Some 60 countries will sign the treaty at the ceremony in New York. The agreement comes into force when 50 countries have ratified it. Finland has already started the ratification process.
Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja travelled to New York on Sunday in order to sign a United Nations treaty regulating the arms trade.