Landmark arms trade treaty gains momentum

Proposed treaty would regulate sale of weapons in a bid to stop its misuse.

    Activists around the world are campaigning for the first ever Arms Trade Treaty.

    Arms are a $60bn a year business – with the potential to escalate conflict and contribute to atrocities. 

    While fruit and bottled water are subject to strict international trade rules, the conventional weapons market is currently open to anyone.

    For the first time, the US - the world's largest exporter of weapons - is prepared to sign on to the treaty.

    There are concerns though that such a treaty would be hard to implement.

    Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Can Muslim leaders alter Trump's Jerusalem decision?

    Can Muslim leaders alter Trump's Jerusalem decision?

    Turkish president calls Jerusalem a 'red line' as he hosts an Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Istanbul.

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo charged

    'Beaten' Palestinian boy in viral photo charged

    Fawzi al-Junaidi, 16, denies accusations of throwing stones and protesting, saying he was severely beaten by Israelis.

    Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

    Donald Trump: A president swallowed by history

    The US has tried and failed to create a capital for another state before. "Israeli" Jerusalem will be the next Saigon.