Hosts: Australia and New Zealand
Where: room 18
This side event will feature a panel discussion aimed at promoting the universalization and strengthening implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty, to build on the momentum and outcomes of the first Conference of States Parties (24-27 August 2015, Mexico).
The Treaty sets global standards for the international trade of conventional arms and is a worthy response to the widespread human suffering caused by the poorly regulated trade in weapons. Effective national implementation of the Treaty by States Parties, including the enactment of any necessary implementing legislation, is key to achieving its objectives.
The panel will discuss the objectives of the Arms Trade Treaty; progress towards universalization; and mechanisms to support and overcome challenges to implementation, such as model implementing legislation developed by New Zealand.
This side event will support the International Conference theme “Prevent and Respond to Violence” and its focus on strengthening legal and normative frameworks.