The First Conference of States Parties (1CSP) took place in Cancun, Mexico, 24-27 August 2015. The 1CSP gathered some 450 delegates from 69 States Parties, 40 Signatory states, 11 Observer states and 10 organizations (List of Participants is below).The 1CSP’s High Level Segment on 24 August was opened by H.E. José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. The 1CSP was officially opened on 25 August. During the first plenary meeting, Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations Office in Geneva, was elected as the President of the 1CSP.
Major decisions of the Conference
Adopted by consensus the Rules of Procedures and the Financial Rules and took note with appreciation of the reporting templates.
Approved by consensus to designate Geneva, Switzerland as the seat of the Secretariat.
Decided upon the appointment of Mr Simeon Dumisani Dladla from South Africa, as the first Head of the Secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty
Established a Management Committee composed of States Parties: Côte d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, France, Jamaica, Japan and Nigeria.
Elected Ambassador Emmanuel E. Imohe from Nigeria as the President for the following session of the Conference
Elected four (4) vice-Presidents for the following session of the Conference: Costa Rica, Finland, Montenegro and New Zealand.
Statements from the Opening Ceremony of the High Level Segment
The conference followed the circulated draft Annotated Programme of Work and number of side events hosted by number of States Parties, NGOs and international organizations. The full programme can be found here.