The 193-nation UN General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved the first-ever treaty on global arms trade that seeks to regulate the $70bn international trade in conventional arms.
The resolution adopting the landmark treaty was approved by a vote of 154 to three, with 23 abstentions.
Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner, reporting from New York, commented that the yes votes was a “significantly high number” for this type of resolution.
As the numbers appeared on the electronic board, loud cheers filled the assembly chamber.
A group of treaty supporters sought a vote in the world body after Iran, North Korea and Syria blocked its adoption by consensus at a negotiating conference last Thursday.
The three countries voted “no” on Tuesday’s resolution.
Al Jazeera, Qatar