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

​​​​​​​​​​​​Current President

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first global, legally binding treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional arms by establishing the highest international standards governing arms transfers and seeking to prevent and eradicate illicit trade and diversion of conventional arms.

Only by the universal establishment and by the effective implementation of the international regulatory system that the ATT establishes will we achieve the final purpose of the Treaty: reducing human suffering, contributing to regional and international peace, security and stability and promoting sustainable development, cooperation, transparency and responsible action in arms transfers.

Although it is a relatively young treaty, in just over six (6) years since it entered into force, it already has over 100 States Parties, and has one of the fastest rates of ratification/participation of any disarmament treaty.

This high rate of participation and the universal implementation of the ATT standards is essential for the effectiveness of the international regulatory system that the ATT establishes.

In that sense, as President-designate of the Sixth Conference of States Parties, I would like to invite you to join our efforts to achieve the Treaty's universalization, to enhance transparency and information sharing and to prevent and eradicate diversion of conventional weapons to the illicit market. These will be the main goals of my Presidency.

President

Federico VILLEGAS

Ambassador (Argentina)

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About the President

Ambassador Federico VILLEGAS of Argentina is the President-designate of the sixth session of the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP6).

Activities of the current President

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


Former ATT CSP Presidents

  • 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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