First Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP1)
On August 24-27, 2015 was held in Cancun (Mexico) the First Conference of State Parties to the ATT (CSP1).
The meeting was attended by 120 states, 67 of which are Parties to the treaty. Fourty-one of the attendees were signatory states, and 11; Algeria, Botswana, China, Figi, the Holy See, Jordan, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Viet Nam and Yemen, attended as non-signatory observers.
There were over 80 anti-gun NGO’s in attendance, most of which fell under the Control Arms umbrella. It was noted that most of the Control Arms representatives were interspersed amongst the developing nations, either as part of, or as advisors to their delegations.
Following the high level segment, CSP1 was able to reach agreement on the rules of procedure, financial rules, the location of the Secretariat – Geneva, the next Secretariat – Simon D. Dladla from the Republic of South Africa, and the President for the next CSP will be Emmanuel E. Imohe of Nigeria.
The next CSP meeting will be held in Geneva in August of 2016. There may be a smaller meeting on organizational matter in early 2016 in Geneva and there also may be a “preparatory committee” meeting in May of 2016.