"This issue focuses on recent arms control developments undertaken by African States. The first quarter of 2011 has shown significant progress with regard to Africa’s participation in international arms control and disarmament agreements. The global trade in conventional weapons remains poorly regulated as there is no set of internationally agreed standards that exists to ensure that arms are only transferred for appropriate use. Many governments have voiced concern about the absence of globally agreed rules for all States to guide their decisions on arms transfers. That is why they have started negotiating an Arms Trade Treaty."