Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty
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 presided over the First Conference of States Parties from 24-27 August 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.
- Nigeria presided over the Second Conference of States Parties from 22-26 August 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Finland presided over the Third Conference of States Parties from 11-15 September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland
- Japan will preside over the Fourth Conference of States Parties from 20-24 August 2018, in Tokyo, Japan
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)
Geneva, 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
Statement by Geoffrey L. Duke, Control Arms, High Level Opening Panel, 22 August 2016
Statement by Anna Macdonald, Control Arms, 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, 25 August 2016
- 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]
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, AlJazeera, 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, Reuters, August 22, 2016
More photos can be found here
CSP 2016 Preparatory Meeting
Geneva, 29 February 2016