ATT : first conference of the State-parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (Cancun, from the 24th to the 27th of August, 2015) [fr]
The first meeting of State-parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was held in Cancun (Mexico), from the 24th to the 27th of June, 2015. Were gathered 67 State-parties, 40 signatory States, 12 observer states and a significant number of representatives of the civil society and the industry.
The meeting, held under the presidency of the Ambassador Jorge Lomonaco, enabled to take numerous determining decisions for the future of the Treaty : adoption of the rules of procedure, adoption of the financial rules, implementation of a management committee, adoption of a State-parties to the secretariat directive and adoption of a provisional budget.
The meeting also enabled the election of the city of Geneva as headquarters of the secretariat and Mr Simeon Dladla from South Africa, as temporary president of the secretariat.
An extraordinary meeting will be held in January in Geneva to decide the administrative arrangements to the Treaty.
France fully participated to the preparatory work on the first conference of State-parties to the ATT, notably by coordinating the talks on the permanent secretariat of the Treaty. France had indeed proposed a directive project for the State-parties to the secretary and, jointly with Australia and Ghana, the establishment of a management committee. These two tools will allow a better appropriation of the structures of the Treaty by the State-parties.
France welcomes the decisions taken during the Cancun meeting, they will allow the opening of a new chapter of the history of the Arms Trade Treaty and pursue the universalization dynamic.
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