UN Fails to Agree to Arms Trade Treaty

One person every minute dies from armed violence around the world, and arms control activists say a convention is needed to prevent illicitly traded guns from pouring into conflict zones and fueling wars, criminal violence and atrocities. Last week, however, delegates from 170 nations who had spent the last month negotiating a treaty, announced their failure to reach agreement, at least for now.  Ultimately, reports Reuters, arms-control activists blamed the United States and Russia, two of the world’s largest arms exporters, for the inability to reach a decision, as both countries said there was not enough time left for them to clarify and resolve issues they had with the draft treaty.