On August 22-26 in Geneva was held the Second Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP2).
73 States Parties, 30 States Signatories, 5 Observer States, 12 Organizations and 21 International Coalitions of NGOs and associations attended the event. Several WFSA members were in attendance.
Among the main decisions that were taken, is the adoption by consensus of the Terms of Reference for the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) and the appointment of a Selection Committee of the VTF composed of 15 States for the period up to CSP4
With regards to universalization, an informal WG to operate under the Terms of Reference was established.
Moreover, an ad-hoc open ended WG on “Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty” was established to exchange knowledge on practical issues, identify priority areas for capacity building and outreach on the implementation of the ATT, and elaborate guidance and/or recommendations.
Also the initial and annual reporting templates were endorsed, and a public WG on Transparency and Reporting, responsible also for the preparation of materials and proposals for the CSP was established
Finally, with reference to secretariat’s matters, Mr. Dumisani Dladla was appointed as Head of the Secretariat and entered into force on 1st December 2016. The “Tribunal des Prud’Hommes (Geneva Tribunal) was recognised as the dispute mechanism applicable to members of the Secretariat. Amb. Klaus Korhonen (Finland) was elected by acclamation as the President for the CSP3, while Australia, Bulgaria, Guatemala and Sierra Leone will act as vice-Presidents. The third Conference of State Parties (CSP3) will be held on 11-15 September 2017 at CICG in Geneva. Also informal preparatory meetings (dates TBD) will be held in Geneva.
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