First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty in Mexico

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The CSP 2015 in Cancun / Mexico hailed successful outcomes with a common message: we need strong implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty to save lives. This message echoed by Control Arms Coalition which is the main civil society umbrella organisation campaigning for a robust and legally binding Arms Trade Treaty. The “save lives” message was also echoed by Governments throughout the High Level sessions.  The majority of States also paid tribute to the role of civil society, in securing the ATT, and working toward its implementation and universalisation.

Delegates from States Parties to the ATT convened at Moon Palace Convention Centre in Cancun / Mexico from 24 – 27th of August 2015 to debate thematic areas such as the Rules of Procedure, Financing, ATT Secretariat and Reporting.

CPS – AVIP [The Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention] present at the conference welcomed this first appointment in a new process of implementation of international law on human rights and international humanitarian law, upstream of all trade and arms export.  The arms trade is currently shrouded in secrecy, which means weapons are too easily falling into the hands of those who abuse human rights abuse and diverted into the hands of criminal gangs commented campaigners at the conference. Under the Arms Trade Treaty, States Parties will be expected to submit annual reports about all arms imports and exports.

The conference ended by the adoption by consensus of the location of the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Arms Trade (ATT) in Geneva, and the appointment of South African Dumisani Dladla as interim director for a year.

Contribution: Jean Claude Kabuiku
CPS – AVIP / Birmingham - United Kingdom

contact@cps-avip.org
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