On 30 August 2019, the annual week-long plenary meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty concluded in Geneva, Switzerland. The event saw the conclusion of the Latvian ATT presidency, which began on 24 August 2018. The presidency promoted the international visibility of Latvia in the matters of international security policy and brought Latvia’s contribution to controlling the export of conventional arms.
In the course of the plenary, representatives from the governments of the States Parties and the non-governmental sector exchanged views on a more effective and broader fulfilment of the Arms Trade Treaty and the duties undertaken by the States Parties upon their accession to the treaty.
The obligation of the States Parties to submit annual reports on cross-border trade in arms as well as their contributions to the ATT budget were the subject of a particularly lively debate.
During the session, the High Level panel on gender and gender based violence of the ATT initiated a discussion on the issues of arms export control and gender equality. The participants endorsed unanimously the recommendations by the Latvian ATT presidency concerning the gendered impact of armed violence in the context of the ATT.
Succeeding Latvia, the presidency of the ATT was assumed by Argentina. The next Conference of States Parties to the ATT has been scheduled from 17 to 21 August 2020 in Switzerland. Latvia will hold the post of vice-President for a year.
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