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.

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 Programme

We are pleased to let you know that there are limited sponsorship places available for civil society wishing to attend the 2019 ATT Working Group meetings, the informal preparatory meetings of the Fifth Conference of States Parties (CSP 2019) and CSP 2019 itself.

Please note that at this time, sponsorship is very limited, but we hope to secure additional funding in the future.

If you would like to attend the second set of Working Group and Informal CSP 2019 Preparatory Meetings as part of the Control Arms delegation and/or wish to apply for funding to attend these meetings please take a moment to fill out this online form by 08 March 2019.  The link will take you to a very simple form which asks you to indicate your plans, whether you need sponsorship to attend, as well as the option to join any of sub-teams that will be working in both the run-up and at the PrepCom meetings.

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)
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)
Documents

Working Group on Transparency and Reporting (WGTR)
Documents

  1. Draft Annotated Agenda   English   Arabic   French   Russian   Spanish
  2. Introductory paper   English   Arabic  French   Russian   Spanish
First CSP5 Informal Preparatory Meeting
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)
Working Group on Transparency and Reporting (WGTR)
First CSP5 Informal Preparatory Meeting

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
  • ATT President: List of Elements for Possible Adoption by the CSP5 Presented by the CSP5 President: Gender and Gender-based Violence     English
  • Management Committee: ATT Sponsorship Programme Draft Administrative Guidelines  English