Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty

The Arms Trade Treaty was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 02 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.

  • Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco of Mexico presided over the First Conference of States Parties from 24-27 August 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Ambassador Emmanuel E. Imohe of Nigeria presided over the Second Conference of States Parties from 22-26 August 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Ambassador Klaus Korhonenof Finland presided over the Third Conference of States Parties from 11-15 September 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa of Japan presided over the Fourth Conference of States Parties from 20-24 August 2018, in Tokyo, Japan
  • Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ of Latvia is presiding over the Fifth Conference of States Parties from 26-30 August 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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)

Statements on behalf of the Control Arms Coalition:

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Media

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

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

Foreign minister urges full implementation of arms treaty
11 September 2017- Simon Bradley, Swissinfo.ch

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ATT Working Group and Preparatory Meetings for CSP 2017

Working Group Meetings and 1st CSP3 Informal Preparatory Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 06 – 09, 16 February 2017

Summary Report

Working Group Meetings and 2nd CSP3 Informal Preparatory Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland – 06 – 07 April 2017

Background info

Reasons to Attend the Preparatory Meetings

Summary Report

 

Working Group Meetings and 3rd CSP3 Informal Preparatory Meeting

Geneva, Switzerland, 29 – 31 May, 01 June 2017

Background info

Summary Report