Arms Trade treaty : fighting diversion (Geneva, March 7,2018) [fr]
Ambassador Alice Guitton, Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament, held a side event on the topic of the enhancement of the fight against diversion within the framework of the ATT. By her side, Eric Berman, director of the Small Arms Survey (SAS), Hugh Watson, legal advisor to the Permanent Representation of Australia, Georges Namekong, from the African Union, and Daniel Nord, senior advisor to the Permanent Representation of Sweden, have laid out the challenges and consequences of weapon diversion, as well as leads of actions to consider for States in order to improve the implementation of the ATT.
The fight against diversion is one of the fundamental objectives of the Arms Trade Treaty that underlines in its preambule “the need to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and to prevent their diversion to the illicit market, or for unauthorized end use and end users, including in the commission of terrorist acts”.
If weapon diversion is a longstanding issue, innovative ways to enhance the fight against diversion within the framework of the ATT have been discussed by the panel. Ambassador Guitton also reminded the French non-paper to prevent and fight against the diversion of weapons legally transferred within the framework of the ATT.
Ambassador Guitton otherwise highlighted that the fight against weapon diversion is a shared objective with other instruments, first and foremost the United Nations Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons, of which France will chair the Review Conference in June 2018.