Meetings of the Arms Trade Treaty Working Groups and a CSP7 Informal Preparatory Meeting - 26-30 April 2021
Meetings of the permanent ATT Working Groups as well as an informal Preparatory committee took place virtually under the chairmanship of Ambassador Lansana GBERIE of Sierra Leone from 26 to 30 April 2021 in the run up to the 7th Conference of States Parties (CSP7) to be held in late August-early September.
Adopted on 2 April 2013 and entered into force on 24 December 2014, the ATT aims to regulate the international trade in conventional arms by establishing common standards governing importation, exportation and transfer of conventional arms, in order to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade and the diversion of arms. At this stage the Treaty has a total of 110 States Parties and 31 Signatory States.
The States Parties continued discussions on preventing and combating the diversion and illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons (SALW), the issue of regulating the transit/transhipment of conventional weapons and had a lengthy exchange on transparency and reporting issues.
France, which is strongly committed to the implementation of the ATT, took part in all the sessions.
Consultations will be held in the coming weeks to finalize the documents that will be submitted for adoption at the CSP7, which will take place from August 30 to September 3, 2021.