Activity title

Ninth Executive Education Course on “Building Capacities for Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

09/04/2018 - 13/04/2018

Background

Activity description
As part of the project ‘Building Capacities for Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)’, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized the ninth edition of its executive education course in Geneva, Switzerland, on 9-13 April, 2018. The activity was funded by the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES). The course was attended by 28 diplomats, military officers, customs or police officers as well as civil society representatives from Austria, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guinea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Romania, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. The course provided an opportunity for participants to discuss with experts, and engage in exercises, on the oversight of the ATT; global and regional trends in the conventional arms trade; history of the negotiation of the ATT; scope and control list; export assessment; diversion; information exchange; gender-based violence; international cooperation and assistance, including the ATT Voluntary Trust Fund; end-use/user certification; the role of the UN; fighting illicit arms trafficking; export control and the Wassenaar Arrangement; the compulsory and voluntary provisions of the ATT; import, transit, trans-shipment, and brokering controls.

Project description
The project ‘Building Capacities for Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)’ has been implemented by GCSP since 2014 and received funding for multiple project phases from the United Nations Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR). The project aims to increase the knowledge base of participating individuals on the implications of ATT provisions and of relevant existing practises of, and options for, their effective implementation to transfer information and expertise back to States. The project includes week-long five-day training courses (in English in Geneva, in French in Africa) for practitioners from governments active in the implementation of the ATT. The courses seek to improve the capacity of governments and individuals to implement the Treaty and establish a community of practitioners to continue information and experience exchanges as well as mutual assistance in addressing the challenges of the ATT.

Focus of Activity

Transfer controls
Brokering controls
Import controls
Transit and transshipment controls
Control list
Risk assessment
Diversion
International instruments
Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Type of Activity

Institutional capacity-building

Partners

Burundi
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Colombia
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Guinea
Malaysia
Mauritius
Morocco
Mozambique
Nigeria
Panama
Philippines
Romania
Switzerland
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Austria
United Kingdom

Implementers

Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Donors

UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)

URLs

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Contact Details

Marc Finaud, Senior Programme Advisor
GCSP
Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D
1211 Geneva 1 (Switzerland)
Phone: +41 (0)22 730 96 41
Email: m.finaud@gcsp.ch