The “Not so” Extraordinary Meeting of the Arms Trade Treaty

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IPPNW’s Dr. Bob Mtonga participated in a February 29th  “Extraordinary Meeting” of states parties and observers to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)  that turned out to be quite ordinary.

The meeting was convened to discuss organizational issues including proposals for the administrative arrangements of the Secretariat, its structure, location, funding and confirmation of staffing positions, as well as cost estimates and location of the 2nd Conference of States Parties to the ATT (CSP2), to be held at the World Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland from 2226 August 2016.

The Extra-ordinary Meeting however missed an opportunity to consider substantive items –  such as possible violations of the Treaty by States Parties, including continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

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