Arms Trade Treaty faces challenges

The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Tuesday that there are challenges ahead for its global Arms Trade Treaty.

The ICRC is a humanitarian based institution that works to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts, which includes war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians and other non-combatants. The ICRC is based in Geneva, Switzerland and is a three-time Nobel Prize Laureate.

Weapons are extremely easy to attain in some parts of the world, leading to greater suffering for people who are in states of war or armed conflict. With this in mind, the ICRC has looked to the U.N. to adopt a global Arms Trade Treaty. Early in 2013, the ATT was adopted by the U.N.

There are challenges, however, in implementing the ATT throughout the globe. The first challenge will be getting 50 member states of the U.N. to sign the treaty so it can come into full force. The ATT must also overcome issues with enforcement and the black market arms trading that plagues third world countries.

The ICRC said that while the treaty is not perfect, it trusts progressive interpretations and good faith implementation will help it make an impact on lives around the world.