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On 14 December 2018, Mozambique became the 100th State Party to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), after depositing its instrument of ratification to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Over half a million people are killed with conventional arms every year and strengthening the regulation of international trade in these weapons, which the ATT is designed to do, can save lives around the world. By acceding to the Treaty, countries contribute to the advancement of the ATTs' objective to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and ammunition, and prevent their diversion.
100 States Parties is an important achievement for the Treaty, which entered into force on 24 December 2014, but additional support is needed to allow the ATT to reach its full potential and to make it even more effective. Universal adherence would positively contribute to global peace, security and stability, and create conditions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
All 28 European Union Member States have joined the ATT and are pursuing its objectives, its universal ratification and full, effective implementation. All Signatory States should advance their ratification processes and all States, especially the major arms exporters, importers and transit States, to join the ATT without delay.