Latvia wrapping up Arms Trade Treaty presidency in Switzerland

Latvia is wrapping up its presidency of the Arms Trade Treaty organization from 26 to 30 August 2019 at a week-long plenary meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The plenary will begin with what is described as "a discussion among high-ranking guests" (so no low rankers) on gender issues.

Representatives from the governments of the States Parties and the non-governmental sector will also exchange views on a more effective and broader fulfilment of the Arms Trade Treaty and the duty of the States Parties to report annually on its implementation. 

Latvia held the ATT presidency since 24 August 2018, the priority theme of the presidency term being gender-based violence in the arms trade.

Latvia was the first Baltic state ever to assume presidency of the ATT. The Arms Trade Treaty, which is based on Article 26 of the UN Charter, promotes the maintenance of international peace and security and the reduction of uncontrolled proliferation of arms. The ATT sets export control standards for international trade in conventional arms.

The Arms Trade Treaty was signed in 2013, and Latvia was one of the signatories to the instrument. At present, 104 countries from all continents have already ratified or acceded to the ATT, the most recent being Canada.

You can see the full agenda at the ATT website.

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