On 27 August 2015 the Conference of States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), meeting in Cancun, Mexico, chose Geneva as the seat of the Secretariat of the Treaty.
According to the text of the ATT, the tasks of the Secretariat will include the distribution of States Parties’ reports, the matching of offers of and requests for assistance with Treaty implementation and the promotion of international cooperation.
The GCSP welcomes this decision, justified by the important role played by various governmental and non-governmental institutions based in Geneva in contributing to the goals of the Treaty (“establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms; prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion”).
With its partners of the ATT Network (the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Small Arms Survey, and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research), the GCSP is proud to have already participated in efforts to build capacities of officials from States Parties for effective implementation of the Treaty. It is eager to continue sharing its expertise and experience with all interested stakeholders and the ATT Secretariat for helping to alleviate the human suffering resulting from an unregulated arms trade.