From 11th – 15th September 2017, the Centre for Armed Violence Reduction and PSAAG attended the Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP3) in Geneva. The Conference of States Parties is an annual event, bringing together States Parties to the ATT, signatories to the ATT, UN bodies and civil society, including NGOs working to reduce armed violence around the world.
CSP3 was much needed. Since the ATT entered into force in 2014, it has seen historic levels of adoption around the world. Yet, armed violence remains high and many states are struggling to meet their obligations under the treaty. This is particularly true of long-income developing states, like those in the Pacific.
CSP3 brought together 106 countries and provided an opportunity for state actors and civil society to discuss how the ATT could better be implemented and how more lives could be saved.
PSAAG members, James Laki and Helen Hakena, from Papua New Guinea used this opportunity to ask delegates to ensure that PNG was not left behind and fully to explore the links between the sustainable development goals and the ATT, a key theme of the conference.
On the third day, CAVR launched its landmark report on the Broader Benefits of the Arms Trade Treaty. This publication aims to reinvigorate the narrative surrounding the ATT, dispelling harmful myths and misinformation and will be a useful tool to present governments across the Pacific with an irrefutable case for acceding to the ATT.
This publication was followed up in New York with the Centre’s Implementation Guide, which was inspired by workshops held by CAVR and PSAAG across the Pacific, Caribbean and Southeast Asia.
Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa of Japan was elected as the President of the Fourth Conference of States Parties, with CSP4 currently scheduled to take place in Tokyo in August 2018.