President

States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) elect a President every year during the Conference of States Parties (CSP) to preside over the CSP the following year, including the preparatory process.

The following persons have served as Presidents to the CSPs:

  • CSP1:    Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco, Mexico
  • CSP2:    Ambassador Emmanuel E. Imohe, Nigeria
  • CSP3:    Ambassador Klaus Korhonen, Finland
  • CSP4:     Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa, Japan

​​​​​​​​​​​​Current President

Welcome to the website of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The ATT is the first global, legally binding instrument to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. It is an invaluable tool to promote cooperation, transparency and responsible action by States Parties in the arms trade. It also aims to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion to unauthorized users and uses. As the President of the Fifth Conference of States Parties, I am committed to pursuing effective implementation of the Treaty and its universalization, with a view to maximizing the contribution the Treaty can and will make to international and regional peace, security and stability and to reducing human suffering. While working towards implementation of all aspects of the Treaty, gender-based violence will be a focus theme of my Presidency and I invite interested States parties and signatory States as well as other stakeholders to contribute to that end.

I look forward to working with you to realise the objectives of the Treaty.

President

Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ

Ambassador (Latvia)

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About the President

Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ of Latvia was elected, by acclamation, as the President for the fifth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP5). The election took place during the fourth CSP on Friday, 24 August 2018. The presidency will last for one year, ending at CSP5.

Activities of the current President

Outreach activities carried out by the President during his presidency will be detailed here.


Former ATT CSP Presidents

  • Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa of Japan

    Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa of Japan was the President of the Fourth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty. During his term as President, Ambassador Takamizawa undertook several universalization outreach visits to Southern Africa, Southeast Asia and South Asia (more).

  • Ambassador Klaus Korhonen of Finland

    Ambassador Klaus Korhonen of Finland was the President of the Third Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty. During his term as President, Ambassador Korhonen undertook several universalization outreach visits to Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Vienna.

  • Emmanuel E. Imohe of Nigeria

    Ambassador Emmanuel E. Imohe of Nigeria was the President of the Second Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.

  • Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco of Mexico

    Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco of Mexico was the President of the First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.

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