9 September 2019
From the 25th to the 30th August 2019 CISD Students Anahita Ghanbari Parsa, Jacob Loose, and former student Lidia Matias participated at the Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Geneva, Switzerland. The students, representing SCRAPWeapons were among over 150 governments, regional organisations and NGOs present at the conference.
The SCRAP delegation lobbied governments to promote the SCRAP Treaty. The Treaty proposes a holistic approach to global disarmament in the form of an international legally binding agreement for general and complete disarmament.
On the final day of the conference students took part in a side event co-organised by CISD, Oxfam, and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. The event was opened by CISD student Jacob Loose, and closed by Anahita Ghanbari Parsa. The panel featured Marc Finaud, Head of Arms Proliferation, GCSP; Martin Butcher, Policy Advisor, Arms Campaign, Oxfam; Nikhil Acharya, Senior Regional Technical Advisor, Arms / Ammunition Control, BICC / RECSA; and Dr Olamide Samuel, Teaching Fellow, CISD, SOAS / Project Coordinator, SCRAP Weapons. The event was chaired by former CISD student Lydia Matias.
Anahita Ghanbari Parsa said: “The CSP5 was an incredible week. I met some brilliant people, and learned a great deal. The opportunity to be directly involved with the SCRAP team, and to watch key issues surrounding arms control and armed conflict, discussed and addressed beyond the classroom was invaluable. It was a pleasure to be a part of!