Reflecting on the Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty

Geneva, Switzerland, 11 - 15 September 2017 States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty [CSP 2017] have gathered to follow up on the implementation and universalisation of the treaty. This gathering was an opportunity for critical players at global sphere to take meaningful actions to reduce human suffering. While diplomats from 106 countries and civil society organisations attended the conference, procedural matters sometimes got more unnecessary attention rather than focusing on the main issue of reducing human suffering caused by the unregulated arms trade. CPS – AVIP was represented at the conference by Nounou Booto Meeti [Programme Director] under the umbrella of the Control Arms coalition.

There is an urgent need to turn words into deeds, to prevent the irreparable harm caused when weapons fall into the wrong hands. Many states stressed the vital role of civil society in achieving the Treaty's object and purpose. However, a sad reality has been that while the world convened in Geneva to reduce human suffering caused by arms and looking for ways to implement instruments for better regulation, paradoxically held at the same time as the world’s largest arms fair in London. This act has questioned the global will to reduce human sufferings caused by the illicit and misuse of arms.

States signatory to the treaty had the opportunity during this implementation session to directly address arms sales to users that may violate human rights and international laws, but surprisingly there were no enthusiasm nor boldness to mention the issue. While some countries exporters of arms were present at the session, skepticism persists whether is there any robust ambition to regulate arms trade globally.

Many other issues need to be resolved as to how the implementation of the treaty will be useful. Issues highlighted included: General Implementation, Transit & Transhipment, Brokering and Diversion. Furthermore, the subject of how to link the Arms Trade Treaty and Sustainable Development Goals was the first thematic debate at the Conference. Many diplomats underlined in an interactive discussion, focusing mainly on the links between the Arms Trade Treaty and SDGs 16. How to achieve peace and justice which can sustain development if the trade of arms is not regulated, the treaty risk to be considered as an empty slogan from developing countries perspectives. 

Jean Claude Kabuiku / Control Arms 
CPS - AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom

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Capacity Building

Building State Capacity to Implement the Arms Trade Treaty

large_13_1.jpgThe Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention [CPS-AVIP] participated at the Executive Education Course on the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty organised by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy [GCSP] and hosted by the African Centre for Peace and Security Training (ACPST) in Addis Abba/Ethiopia from 9th to 13th November 2015.

The course aimed to provide training to government officials involved in the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in French speaking African countries. The initiative has been helpful in order to meet the needs of African signatories and parties to the Treaty on how to implement its provisions effectively.

The goal of the course was to contribute to fulfilling the main objectives of the Arms Trade Treaty by establishing common international standards for regulating the global trade in conventional arms and preventing and eradicating the illicit trade in and diversion of conventional arms.

Jean Claude Kabuiku
CPS - AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom
Tel: +44 121 448 6336

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Seventieth session of UNGA's First Committee : Furthering the Arms Trade Treaty


The United Nations General Assembly's work on disarmament is carried out by one of its main committees. First Committee deals on Disarmament and International Security. The Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention was involved in the First Committee of the UNGA in New York by the Programme Director Nounou Booto Meeti. Taking the floor at the side event organised by the Control Arms coalition Mrs Meeti highlighted crucial statistics to illustrate the devastating impact that irresponsible arms transfers have had, not only in fuelling the conflict, but undermining the development, access to basic services, and education. Sadly she quoted “50,000 deaths, 500,000 refugees, 1, 5 million of displaced people” refereeing to the study on South Sudan.

The Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention has been active and joining efforts with global initiatives for a legally binding and robust Arms Trade Treaty. Time has come explained Mrs Meeti to stop atrocities committed by illicit trade of arms by allowing an effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty. To save the South Sudan against the illicit flow arms and transfer, the Arms Trade Treaty provisions can be used in accordance with the prohibitions under Article 7, the transit and transhipment requirements under Article 9, and the measures to prevent diversion under Article 11.

Further contributions of the Centre has been valuable at different related side events:

  • “ATT Implementation in Africa: Opportunities and Challenges”, side event co-hosted by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the Permanent Missions of Sweden and Nigeria, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), and Control Arms to bring the perspective of need for assistance towards ATT universalisation in Africa.

  •  “African diplomats discuss plans for CSP2016”, a dinner hosted by Control Arms and the Permanent Mission of Nigeria on 26 October 2015, to facilitate informal discussions on how civil society and African states can collaborate in preparing CSP2016.

 Jean Claude Kabuiku
CPS - AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom
Tel: +44 121 448 6336

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