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.

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.

Fifth Conference of States Parties (CSP2019)

Geneva, Switzerland – 26 – 30 August 2019 Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ of Latvia is presiding over the Fifth Conference of States Parties (CSP 2019) of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Civil Society Registration and Sponsorship

 

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Registration

REGISTRATION

We would also like to invite all civil society representatives who wish to attend the CSP5 as part of the Control Arms delegation, to take a moment to register using this online form. This will assist us in better coordinating the participation of civil society organizations at the CSP5, including booking affordable accommodations, coordinating side events and organizing our work.   

The link will take you to a very simple form which will ask you to indicate whether you need sponsorship to attend CSP5, if you wish to be part of the Control Arms hotel booking, and whether you wish to join any of the sub-teams that will be working in advance of and during the CSP5.

Please note that if you registered to attend the CSP5 as part of the Control Arms delegation, you must register online with the ATT Secretariat (here), but you do NOT need to send in a note verbale. We will do so on behalf of the whole Control Arms delegation.

Please reach out to cspngo@controlarms.org if you have any questions.

Sponsorship

We are also pleased to let you know that we were able to secure limited funding for civil society representatives wishing to attend CSP5. Currently, there are 18-20 places available for sponsorship (depending on final costs of travel and accommodations).

We invite interested colleagues to apply for these places by filling out the same online form before Wednesday, 19 June 2019.

Please note that the selection for sponsorship will be made based on the following criteria:

  • Geographical balance
  • Linguistic balance (across English, French, Spanish, Arabic)
  • Gender balance
  • Demonstration of active engagement in ATT process, and planned future activities
  • A balance of skills, experience and knowledge of the issues to be discussed, to enable the delegation to perform all the tasks necessary for a productive CSP (Please note that in order to increase exposure to the international meeting processes for a wider range of colleagues and to build capacity and experience, at least 20% of the sponsored participants will be new members or colleagues that have not been sponsored previously).

Sponsored participants are required to attend the Civil Society Briefing Day as well as to take part in any planning calls we will hold in advance of CSP5.

Please reach out to cspngo@controlarms.org if you have any questions.

Statements on behalf of the Control Arms Coalition

Official Documents
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Agenda and Programme of Work

Provisional Agenda [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Provisional Program of Work [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Provisional Annotated Program of Work [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

President's Non-Paper on Gender and GBV

 

 

 

Draft Decision of the CSP5 on Gender and Gender Based Violence Presented by the President of the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the ATT [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Working Group on Effective Treaty Implementation (WGETI)

 

Working Group on Transparency and Reporting (WGTR)
Working Group on Treaty Universalization (WGTU)
Secretariat

Provisional 2020 Budget Estimates  [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Report on the ATT Secretariat’s Work for the Period 2018/2019  [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Report on the ATT Sponsorship Programme for the Period 2018/2019 [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Management Committee

 

Report on the ATT Management Committee’s Activities for the Period 2018/2019 [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Voluntary Trust Fund

 

Report on the Work of the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) for the Period August 2018 to August 2019 [Arabic] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]

Photos

More photos from CSP5 can be found here

Media

Respect for the Arms Trade Treaty is critical to ending cycles of armed conflict and other situations of violence
26 August 2019 – reliefweb.int – International Committee of the Red Cross

Why Local Experiences Are the Key to Challenging the Arms Trade
26 August 2019 – reliefweb.int -Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

As multilateral relations break down, the Arms Trade Treaty offers hope to those facing war
27 August 2019 – euronews.com – Edgars Rinkēvičs

As multilateral relations breakdown, the Arms Trade Treaty offers hope to those facing war
27 August, 2019 – euronews.com – Edgars Rinkēvičs

Gender-based violence and the Arms Trade Treaty
29 August 2019 – theinterpreter.org – Susan Hutchinson

Arms Trade Treaty conference agrees action plan to tackle gender-based violence
31 August 2019 – Xinhua – Yan

Inclusion Of Gender-Based Violence Concerns In Arms Transfers Decisions: Case Of Arms Trade Treaty – Analysis
31 August 2019 – SIPRI – José Francisco Alvarado Cóbar and Giovanna Maletta

The Arms Trade Treaty: Where export controls meet efforts to reduce sexual violence
2 September 2019 – thenewhumanitarian.org – Paula Dupraz-Dobias

ATT Working Group Meetings and Preparatory Meetings for CSP 2019:

ATT Working Group Meetings and 1st Preparatory Meeting for CSP 2019

29 January – 01 February 2019

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Statements on behalf of the Control Arms Coalition

Presentations:

Official Documents:
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Working Group on Effective Treaty Implementation (WGETI) 29-30 January 2019
Documents

  • Letter of the Chair including Agenda and Workplans of Sub-groups   English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • Draft Basic Guide to Establishing a National Control System (Attachment 2 to the Work Plan of the Sub-working Group on Article 5)   English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • Working Paper Presented by France and Mexico to the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty: Diversion English

Presentations

Working Group on Treaty Universalization (WGTU) 30 January 2019
Documents

Working Group on Transparency and Reporting (WGTR) 31 January 2019
Documents

  1. Draft Annotated Agenda   English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  2. Introductory paper   English   Arabic  French   Russian   Spanish
First CSP5 Informal Preparatory Meeting 01 February 2019
Documents

  • Draft Annotated Agenda for First CSP5 Informal Preparatory Meeting on 01 February 2019      English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • Draft CSP5 Agenda     English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • President: Working Paper presented by the CSP5 President: Gender and Gender-based Violence     English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • Management Committee: Draft Administrative Guidelines for the Sponsorship Programme (revised version incorporating written comments received by 09 January 2019 and oral comments made during informal consultations on 10 January 2019)   English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • Management Committee: Draft Matrix of Evaluation to evaluate the administratin of the ATT sponsorship programe by the ATT Secretariat      English
  • Management Committee: Draft Proposal to Address Problems Related to Financial Liquidity    English  Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  • Proposal submitted by The Netherlands on the expansion of the Management Committee   English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish

Working Papers:

  • Factsheet on Gender in the Arms Trade Treaty, developed by the International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group (co-chaired by Canada, Ireland, Namibia and UNIDIR) and Control Arms
ATT Working Group Meetings and 2nd Preparatory Meeting for CSP 2019

02 – 05 April 2019

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Statements on behalf of the Control Arms Coalition
Control Arms Summary Reports
  • Summary Analysis of the ATT Working Groups on Effective Implementation, Transparency and Reporting and Treaty Universalization
  • Summary Analysis of the Second CSP 2019 Informal Preparatory Meeting
Side events
Gender Based Violence & the ATT – a legal perspective Organizers: Control Arms, Namibia When: 02 April 2019, 13:15 – 14:45 Where: Room 13, CICG Control Arms facilitated a side event that seeks to inform the discussions and support the WGETI’s work around the implementation of the gender-based violations (GBV) criteria in the Arms Trade Treaty. In particular, the side event provided more clarity on how GBV is considered under International Humanitarian Law and International human Rights Law. The International Human Rights clinic from Harvard Law School introduced an extended version of the paper ‘Q&A Answer Sheet – Serious Human Rights Violations and Gender-Based Violence and the ATT’ that was circulated during the January ATT Working Group meetings. Similarly, The ICRC introduced a new working paper ‘International Humanitarian Law and Gender-Based Violence in the context of the ATT’. The purpose of both papers is to assist States Parties in conducting the assessments required in articles 6 & 7 of the ATT. A speaker from WILPF explored the Women, Peace and Security Agenda as it relates to gender, and the incorporation of gender into peace and security.
Official Documents:
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Working Group on Effective Treaty Implementation (WGETI) 02-03 April 2019
Working Group on Treaty Universalization (WGTU) 04 April 2019
Second CSP5 Informal Preparatory Meeting 05 April 2019
Documents

  • Draft Annotated Agenda for Second CSP5 Informal Preparatory Meeting on 05 April 2019  English
  • CSP5 Draft Provisional Programme of Work English
  • CSP5 Draft Provisional Annotated Programme of Work English
  • President: Working Paper presented by the CSP5 President: Gender and Gender-based Violence    English
  • Management Committee: ATT Sponsorship Programme Draft Administrative Guidelines  English
  • Management Committee: Draft Proposal to Address Problems Related to Finacial Liquidity  English

Working Papers