ATT Network Second Regular Meeting
The second regular meeting of the ATT Network in Geneva explored the role of import, export, transit and transshipment controls in preventing and stopping arms diversion and related implementation challenges. It featured presentations by representatives from the Swiss Government, the World Customs Organization and the Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention. The Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN updated participants on developments regarding entry into force of the ATT and the preparatory process towards its first Conference of States Parties (CSP). Updated information was provided on the pilot training course offered to national officials involved in the implementation of the ATT. A number of representatives of African Permanent Missions in Geneva participated.
The ATT Network was launched in September 2013 by the Geneva Forum and GCSP. Since May 2015, it is composed of: the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), the GCSP, Small Arms Survey, and UNIDIR. It acts as a platform to exchange information, elaborate and provide practical guidance on ATT implementation, build related capacities and implementation resources, develop networks among implementation actors and communities, and help states preparing for ATT follow-up meetings. The Network is inclusive, informal, and works through activities such as thematic public meetings, training workshops, working group discussions, and the production of implementation guidelines.