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.
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.
Every country would be free to sign and ratify the treaty. It will take effect after the 50th ratification, which could take up to two years.