On 24 August 2018, at the Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which took place in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, Latvia was approved as the next presiding country of the ATT.
The responsibilities of the presiding country are to hold a plenary session, including two intermediary sessions, as well as addressing four key issues: ratification of the Treaty on the African, Asian and American continents; technical assistance with the implementation of the Treaty; submission of annual reports; and a voluntary trust fund. The Presidency will promote the international visibility of Latvia in matters of international security policy and will contribute to Latvia’s contribution to controlling the export of conventional arms.
The Presidency will conclude at the ATT Conference of States Parties on 30 August 2019.
The Arms Trade Treaty, which is based on Article 26 of the UN Charter, promotes the maintenance of international peace and security and the reduction of uncontrolled proliferation of arms. It sets export control standards for international trade in conventional arms.
The Arms Trade Treaty was signed in 2013, and Latvia was one of the signatories to the Treaty. It has now been ratified by 97 countries worldwide.
Latvia will be the first Baltic state to preside over the ATT. The presidency is a voluntary commitment.