ATT– meetings of the permanent working groups of the ATT and preparatory committee (Geneva, 26-29 April 2022) [fr]
In preparation for the eighth Conference of the States Parties (CSP8) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), chaired by German Ambassador Thomas Göbel, the three permanent working groups of the ATT met from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 April in Geneva. A second informal preparatory committee was also held on Friday 29 April.
In preparation for the eighth Conference of the States Parties (CSP8) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), chaired by German Ambassador Thomas Göbel, the three permanent working groups of the ATT met from Tuesday 26 to Thursday 28 April in Geneva for a second session after initial meetings in February. A second informal preparatory committee was also held on Friday 29 April after the first one in February. The ATT, which entered into force in 2014, has two interrelated objectives: to regulate the legal trade in conventional arms; and to combat the illicit trade in conventional arms to prevent their diversion.
During these working groups, the States Parties continued their discussions on three main areas in which France reiterated its position:
- the need to ensure the full implementation of the Treaty in order to prevent the diversion of conventional weapons. In this respect, France welcomes the first meeting of the forum for the exchange of information on diversion, which should be held on the occasion of the next meeting of the States Parties and which constitutes a useful and relevant tool for combating the diversion of conventional weapons;
- the universalisation of the Treaty so that the greatest possible number of States adhere to it in order to impose it as an international reference standard. On this occasion, France welcomed the recent accession of the Philippines to the ATT last March, making it the 111th State Party;
- the continuation of efforts to increase transparency based in particular on the preparation and transmission of national reports.
France actively participated in all these meetings and is continuing its efforts on all these points in order to contribute to making the next meeting of States Parties, which will be held from 22 to 26 August in Geneva, a success.
The informal preparatory committee discussed post-delivery control, a thematic priority of the German Presidency.