African Seminar to Prepare for the Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty




United Nations Member States began discussing the adoption of a legally binding treaty that would regulate the global trade in convention weapons in 2006. From 2 to 27 July 2012, Member States gathered in New York to negotiate the terms and conditions of an Arms Trade Treaty. Though negotiations ended without adopting a treaty, a draft treaty text (A/CONF.217/CRP.1) was submitted by the President of the United Nations Conference to form the basis for continued negotiations on an ATT. The General Assembly, by resolution A/RES/67/234, also decided to convene for the Final United Nations Conference on the ATT in New York from 18 to 28 March 2013.

The lead up to this event represents a crucial time for African Member States to sharpen and harmonize their views on the ATT. African governmental experts will participate in the “African Seminar to Prepare for the Final Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty” to further deepen their understanding with regard to the scope, criteria, parameters and implementation of the Treaty and be prepared to engage at all levels during the Final Conference.

This African regional Seminar on ATT is organized by United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), through its Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), in partnership with the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), and with the financial support of the Governments of Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and New Zealand

UNREC has been actively engaged in supporting African States in the ATT negotiating process and will continue to bring them together with a view to making a significant contribution towards a comprehensive treaty that takes into account the interests of the region.