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Germany contributes 600,000 Euros to the UN Trust Fund Facility for the Arms Trade Treaty

13.12.2013 - Article

In December 2013, the German Foreign Office pays 600,000,- Euros into the UN Trust Fund Facility UNSCAR. This facility supports preparations for signature and ratification, as well as the implementation of the international Arms Trade Treaty. Project funding will begin in 2014, with a focus on developing countries.

Statue entitled Non-Violence, created by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN Headquarters in New York
Statue entitled “Non-Violence”, created by Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, in front of UN Headquarters in New York© picture alliance / dpa

In December 2013, the German Foreign Office pays 600,000,- Euros into the UN Trust Fund Facility UNSCAR („UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation“). This facility supports preparations for signature and ratification, as well as the implementation of the international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Project funding will begin in 2014, with a focus on developing countries.

The Facility was initiated by Australia and Germany in 2012. It provides for donor input on prioritizing and selecting projects. In addition to projects promoting the entry into force of the ATT, the Facility also supports projects to implement the UN Program of Action to combat illicit small arms.

Germany was among the first countries to sign the ATT on 3 June 2013. Germany completed its domestic ratification procedures in September. The instrument of ratification will be deposited as soon an EU Council Decision (expected in the first quarter of 2014) will authorize EU Member States to do so. So far, 115 states have signed the ATT, and nine have ratified the Treaty.

More information on the ATT can be found here:

www.un.org/disarmament/convarms/ArmsTrade

Concerning the UNSCAR Trust Fund Facility, go to

www.un.org/disarmament/UNSCAR/

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