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

  • CSP5:     Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ, Latvia
  • CSP6:      Ambassador Carlos FORADORI / Ambassador Federico VILLEGAS, Argentina

​​​​​​​​​​​​Current President


On behalf of Sierra Leone, I take this opportunity as President of the 7th Conference of States Parties (CSP7) to welcome States Parties and all other Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) stakeholders.

During this CSP7 cycle, our work will focus on consolidating the accomplishments of the ATT.  We will prioritise the implementation of ATT decisions from the Conferences of States Parties, especially CSP6. We will base our decisions and actions on consensus. In pursuit of this goal, we look forward to engaging with all stakeholders, including civil society and industry. Our efforts will involve using existing ATT mechanisms – including our working groups, international assistance programmes, the Voluntary Trust Fund, and the Sponsorship Programme – to help improve the oversight capabilities of States Parties, particularly with respect to stockpile management and the national control systems in place to regulate the transit and trans-shipment of small arms and light weapons across borders.

We as States Parties and our partners - arms producers and non-state actor stakeholders - have a shared responsibility to help prevent or ameliorate the scourge of armed conflict by promoting accountability and transparency in the transfer of conventional arms. This is critical to ensuring domestic, regional, and international peace and security. To this end, we aim to advance the ATT’s ongoing universalisation work to secure more ratifications and accessions by stakeholders who are yet to become fully part of the ATT community.

The overarching objective of our presidency is the proper regulation of the international trade in conventional arms as part of the global framework for arms control, non-proliferation, and disarmament. We speak from experience when we say that this regulation is key to reducing the threat of armed conflict, help end it where it is already ongoing, and mitigate the violations of international human rights and humanitarian law that often occur in conflicts. This is why this presidency, with the support of its bureau, will strengthen efforts to eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, and ensure efficient stockpile management. We will particularly focus on the role of states, arms manufacturers and exporting nations in promoting responsible, accountable and transparent conventional arms transfer systems and enhancing stockpile management and disposal by States. Far too often in the recent past, weapons legally acquired by States end up being used by forces that they were not meant for. Illicit transfers and diversions from official stockpiles have become major issues in conventional arms regulation in many countries in Africa and elsewhere. This is why this presidency, in collaboration with its bureau, will pay particular attention to the international trade in, and movement of, small arms and light weapons.

This task, already challenging, has become more difficult given the problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us hope and plan that during the CSP7 presidency we will return to some form of normalcy that will allow us to meet in person again, though with some anticipation that the pandemic will continue to impact upon our work. We will therefore need to consider carefully how we can best organise ourselves over the coming year and let us be united in our efforts to find alternative means to conduct our work should circumstances force us to do so.

Sierra Leone wishes to reiterate its commitment to working with all ATT stakeholders and counts on the professionalism of our Secretariat, the active contribution of the bureau members, chairs and facilitators of committees and subsidiary bodies in advancing the ATT’s objectives and purposes. I thank you all for your trust and confidence in Africa’s second presidency of the ATT.

H. E. Lansana GBERIE
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone
GENEVA

President

Lansana GBERIE

Ambassador (Sierra Leone)

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About the President

Ambassador Lansana GBERIE is the President of the seventh session of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP7).

Activities of the current President

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


Former ATT CSP Presidents

  • Ambassador Federico Villegas of Argentina

    Ambassador Federico Villegas of Argentina was the President of the Sixth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty. Ambassador Villegas succeeded Amabssador Carlos Foradori as President, following Ambassador Foradori's departure from Geneva in June 2020.

  • Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ of Latvia

    Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ of Latvia was the President of the Fifth Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty.

  • 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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