Arms Trade Treaty states parties meet for first informal consultation on next conference
On Monday, 4 April 2016, states parties and signatories of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) met in Geneva for the first informal consultation for the second ATT Conference of States Parties (CSP2). The meeting focused on seeking delegates’ views on the draft agenda for CSP2, which is scheduled to be held 22–26 August 2016 in Geneva.
The main issues raised by states parties were the timely appointment of the head of the secretariat, the implementation of a voluntary trust fund, and the establishment of a sponsorship programme. Other issues raised were the inclusion of discussions on gender-based violence and the ATT, implementation and universalisation of the ATT, and the pertinence of agenda items.