February 17 2012, 7:13 AM  by Øistein Thorsen

(New York, 16 February 2012): As States meet this week in New York for the final preparatory meeting ahead of July’s United Nations Diplomatic Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty the following statement was issued on behalf of Valerie Amos, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator; Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme; António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; Mr. Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund; and Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The statement reads: “We would like to articulate the key elements that we, the heads of several United Nations humanitarian, development and human rights organizations with extensive operations in the field, believe must be included in such a treaty if it is to effectively address the human cost – that is to say, the appalling humanitarian and development consequences – of the poorly regulated global trade in conventional weapons.”