Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2016)


The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 3 April 2013 and entered into force on 24 December 2014.  As called for by Article 17 of the Treaty, a Conference of States Parties (CSP) was convened by the Provisional Secretariat one year after the Treaty entered into force.

Mexico hosted the First Conference of States Parties from 24-27 August 2015 in Mexico City.

The adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty was a historic victory. However, its humanitarian impact will depend on the effectiveness of its implementation. The CSP is an important part of this, since the annual forum is where States Parties, signatories, UN bodies and civil society meet to assess and discuss implementation progress.

Second Conference of States Parties (CSP2016)


22 – 26 August 2016

The Second Conference of States Parties (CSP 2016) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) opened in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 August 2016. More than 100 States have registered to attend the conference.

Advocacy and Side Events

Side Event Schedule

Top Secret file – 8 Reasons Why Public Reporting is Essential


Daily Summaries:

CSP2016 Day One Summary [Spanish]

CSP2016 Day Two Summary [Spanish]

CSP2016 Day Three Summary [Spanish]

CSP2016 Day Four Summary [Spanish]

CSP2016 Overall Summary



Statement by Geoffrey L. Duke, Control Arms, High Level Opening Panel, 22 August 2016

Statement by Anna Macdonald General Debate, 23 August 2016

Statement by Roy Isbister, Saferworld on behalf of Control Arms, General Debate on Voluntary Trust Fund and Assistance, 23 August 2016

Statement by Robert Mtonga, Control Arms, General Debate on ATT Reporting, 24 August 2016

Statement by Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares and Brian Wood, Amnesty International on behalf of Control Arms , General Debate on Treaty Implementation, 24 August 2016

Statement by Linnet Ngayu, African Council of Religious Leaders, on behalf of Control Arms, General Debate on Treaty Universalisation, 24 August 2016

Statement by Shobha Shrestha, Control Arms, General Debate on ATT Secretariat,


Press Release:

Conference of States Parties must stop the secrecy and drag $100bn global trade out of the shadows

[Spanish] [Portuguese]

Reaction to end of the second Conference of States Parties [Spanish]


Articles across the web:

Media Clippings for August 22, 2016

Media Clippings for August 23-24, 2016

Greater transparency around the arms trade would save countless lives

By Anna Macdonald, The Guardian

August 25, 2016

Oxfam: UK ‘in denial’ over Saudi arms sales


August 24, 2016

Pressure mounts on Western powers to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia

France 24

August 23, 2016

Oxfam accuses UK ministers of being in ‘denial and disarray’ over Saudi arms sales

The National

August 23, 2016

Une semaine cruciale pour le commerce des armes

Le Dauphine

Geneva – August 23, 2016

Arms sales to Saudi ‘illicit’ due to civilian deaths in Yemen: campaigners


August 22, 2016

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