The U.N. members including the United States met on September 7th to renew their commitment to the goals of the small arms trade treaty and approved their Programme of Action, which is voluntary for all member states. [Read the details at the NRA site]
According to the text, Member States renewed their pledge to rid the world of the scourge brought upon it by the illicit manufacture, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons, and their excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread in many parts of the world. They also committed to mobilizing the necessary political will and resources to implement the Programme of Action and the International Tracing Instrument, with the aim of achieving clear and tangible results over the next six years, through 2018.
The press release starts out:
Concluding its two-week session today, the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons adopted a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.
The commitment uses the facade of halting illicit small arms trade worldwide when the people who are actually engaging in the trade are communist nations and other nations without a second amendment.
The only reason the United States is involved is to enable our anti-gun advocates as they move to limit the second amendment.
The press release further states:
Recognizing the primary responsibility of Governments in preventing, combating and eradicating small-arms trafficking, Member States welcomed the progress made so far in implementing the Programme of Action and the International Tracing Instrument, including the creation of national laws and action plans. However, they stressed that implementation remained uneven, and that challenges and obstacles still stood in the way of full implementation.
The outcome document also underscored efforts in marking, record-keeping and cooperation in tracing small arms and light weapons. For instance, Member States agreed to strengthen national measures on marking, including, to the extent possible, upon import and, where possible, measures against the removal or alteration of markings and for the recovery of erased or altered markings.