Mexico pushed for the negotiation and adoption of the ATT, and last year hosted the First Conference of States Parties, which adopted the regulations and financial rules and decided on the location of the Secretariat headquarters.

The goals of the treaty are to establish common international standards to better regulate the international trade in conventional weapons, eliminate the illicit trafficking in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.

Mexico has important reasons for promoting the treaty and encouraging more international cooperation to ensure its full implementation: although the production and sale of weapons for private use is strictly regulated, the smuggling of weapons across its northern border remains one of the biggest challenges to public safety.

In her speech, Foreign Secretary Ruiz Massieu said that Mexico’s goal is to consolidate the progress that has been made, adopt decisions that ensure the treaty’s effective implementation, and strengthen transparency and accountability.

She proposed the following: submitting national reports, establishing the Trust Fund that will help develop national institutions for the control of arms transfers, and that each government adopt stricter measures to control arms exports and transfers.