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.

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.

Third Conference of States Parties (CSP2017)

Geneva, Switzerland – 11 – 15 September 2017

Finland presided over the Third Conference of States Parties (CSP 2017) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)


CSP 2017 Preparatory Meetings

Provisional Agenda and Provisional Annotated Program of Work

Press Release


Statements on behalf of the Control Arms Coalition:



I’ve seen how arms sales fuel deadly suffering in Yemen. We must stop them
By Radhya al-Mutawakel, The Guardian
11 September 2017

Brasil atrasa ratificação de tratado que regula comércio de armas
Guilherme Magalhaes, Folha d S.Paulo
09 September 2017

Foreign minister urges full implementation of arms treaty
By Simon Bradley,
11 September 2017

UK has sold £3.6 billion worth of arms to Saudi Arabia since conflict with Yemen began, report finds as DSEI begins
Rachel Roberts, Independent
11 September 2017

UN’s Arms Trade Treaty ‘too weak to make a difference’
Ben Knight, Deutsche Welle
11 September 2017

Arms Trade Treaty: Stop ‘Shuffling Paper’ and Start Saving Lives
Front Page Africa
12 September 2017

Dsei protest: More than 100 people arrested at world’s biggest arms fair in London
Patrick Grafton-Green, Standard
12 September 2017


UK ministers attend weapons fair but ignore UN event on illicit arms trade
Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian
12 September 2017

Keine Rüstungsexporte an Kriegsparteien
Von Olaf Standke, Neues Deutschland
12 September 2017

Armas: a caixa de Pandora das exportações brasileiras
Jefferson Nascimento, Nexo Jornal
12 September 2017

At Geneva conference, stakeholders raise concerns on global arms trade
Nigerian Tribune
12 September 2017

DSEI 2017: Michael Fallon outlines vision for increasing UK arms trade after Brexit
Lizzie Dearden, Independent
13 September 2017

Defence fair sparks questions about UK arms exports
Paraic O’Brien, Channel 4
13 September 2017

Herts firms marketing arms to ‘brutal’ regimes at Defence and Security Equipment International fair
Harriet Clugston
13 September 2017

DSEI 2017: Inside the world’s biggest arms fair in London
Lizzie Dearden, Independent
13 September 2017

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