EU Side-Event to Arms Trade Treaty CSP4 in Tokyo

EU Side-Event to Arms Trade Treaty CSP4 in Tokyo


Event date: 22/08/2018 Export event

On August 22, Expertise France organised jointly with its co-implementing partner, BAFA, a side event in the margins of the 4th Conference of State Parties (CSP4) to the ATT which took place in Tokyo, Japan, from 20th to 24th August 2018.

This side event was designed to allow for a maximum of discussion and exchanges between the panellists and the audience around two main sessions. The first one dedicated to a joint presentation from the implementers and the second to a presentation from Partner countries’ representatives.

The joint presentation from Expertise France and BAFA focused on main outcomes, regional specificities, trends and obstacles linked to ATT implementation. Ambassador Bruce Concepcion from the Philippines and Mr Leonard Tettey from Ghana in their presentations detailed the ATT domestication process emphasising on updates of the national legislative frameworks as well as successes, challenges & lessons learnt in the course of cooperation with the EU.

After these inputs, the floor opened to allow exchanges between EU representatives, EU P2P implementing agencies and the audience consisted of current and future partner countries of the Programme, experts, observers, other donors etc.

The event gathered about 70 participants for the panel discussions which can be seen as a great success taking into account the usually high number of side events organised on the same timeslots (four during the lunch break every day). During the side event - and during the whole CSP - intense discussions took place with current and potential partner countries, as well as with other international actors, to discuss the Programme's next steps, the accession process for new partner countries and the coordination mechanism with other donors.