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UNIDIR Regional Seminars on an Arms Trade Treaty Options
Natalie Wilkins
Posted: Monday, June 13, 2011 5:43:25 PM
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Joined: 8/27/2008
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Location: London, UK
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has been organizing a series of regional seminars to promote dialogue on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). The overall objective of this project is twofold: to support the preparatory process leading up to the UN Conference on the ATT to ensure that the conference will be as inclusive as possible and able to make concrete recommendations on the elements of the future ATT; and to support UN Member States in developing and improving national and regional expertise to implement effective arms transfer controls, in order to ensure that the future ATT will be as effective as possible. The project was launched in July 2010 at a seminar in New York.

Seminars have been held in:
1) Nepal, for countries in South and Central Asia (November 2010): audio files, presentations and summary report
2) Morocco, for countries in Central, Northern and Western Africa (February 2011): audio files and presentations
3) Uruguay, countries in the Americas and the Caribbean (April 2011): audio files and presentations
4) Indonesia, for countries in East Asia and the Pacific: audio files

Some of the perspectives shared at the first two meetings were presented at a conference in New York in March 2011, during the 2nd PrepCom for the UN Conference on an Arms Trade Treaty.

Another recent conference, Arms Trade Treaty: Perspectives and Implementation Issues, which was held in Geneva, looked at various practical aspects related to implementing the provisions of a likely Arms Trade Treaty, including national control systems, enforcement mechanisms, and international cooperation and assistance.

File Attachment(s):
UNIDIR_ATT_Project_Brief.pdf (144kb) downloaded 30 time(s).
New_York_Seminar_Report.pdf (37kb) downloaded 24 time(s).
Nepal_Seminar_Report.pdf (88kb) downloaded 20 time(s).
Indonesia_Summary_Report.pdf (158kb) downloaded 21 time(s).
Uruguay_Summary_Report.pdf (137kb) downloaded 14 time(s).
Morocco_Summary_Report.pdf (117kb) downloaded 10 time(s).


Natalie Wilkins
Posted: Saturday, October 08, 2011 4:56:33 AM
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Joined: 8/27/2008
Posts: 406
Location: London, UK
Messages from the Seminars in the Americas and Asia-Pacific were shared at an event during the 3rd session of the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty on 13 July 2011 in New York. There are audio files of the event available in English and Spanish.

File Attachment(s):
Summary_Report_UNIDIR_Seminar_July_2011.pdf (98kb) downloaded 16 time(s).


Natalie Wilkins
Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:58:40 PM
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Joined: 8/27/2008
Posts: 406
Location: London, UK
An ATT Regional Seminar for countries in Eastern and Southern Africa was held on 29 February–2 March 2012, Nairobi, Kenya. The objectives of the seminar were to support the preparatory process leading to the UN Conference on the ATT and ensure concrete recommendations on the elements of the future Treaty; and to support States in developing expertise to implement effective arms transfer controls. Recordings of the presentations are available here.

File Attachment(s):
UNIDIR_ATT_Kenya_Seminar_Agenda.pdf (42kb) downloaded 10 time(s).
Nairobi_Summary_Report.pdf (162kb) downloaded 8 time(s).


Natalie Wilkins
Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 9:27:19 AM
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Joined: 8/27/2008
Posts: 406
Location: London, UK
Following an ATT Regional Seminar for countries in the Middle East which took place on 27–29 March 2012 in Beirut, Lebanon, the last in UNIDIR's series of regional seminars on the ATT took place in Belgrade, Serbia for representatives of 24 European countries. Audio files of the event are available here.

The Control Arms Campaign reports:
Representatives of 24 countries from Europe are gathering with regional, international, and nongovernmental organizations in Belgrade, Serbia on April 18th for a 3-day seminar titled “Supporting the Arms Trade Negotiations through Regional Discussions and Expertise Sharing”.

The seminar is co-hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the European Union, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and discusses improving the regulation of international arms transfers through a strong Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

The conference is the final event in a series of regional seminars hosted by UNIDIR. Zoran Vujic, the Assistant Minister of the Serbian MFA and the Deputy Head of the Delegations of the EU to the Republic of Serbia set the tone for the event during the opening ceremony by saying: “Serbia attaches particular importance to the issue of regulation of arms trade while respecting and strictly implementing the relevant international criteria and standards.”

The objective of the seminar is to provide an overview of implementation processes of a future ATT and allow for an exchange of views amongst country representatives on specific items up for debate during ATT negotiations this July.

Ambassador Roberto Garcia Moritan, who chaired previous ATT Preparatory Committee meetings was in attendance at the event. Ambassador Moritan referenced the benefits of confronting challenges through regional meetings like the UNIDIR event in Belgrade while speaking with Control Arms coalition members. “The ATT is a difficult task because this is the first time the UN is discussing a Treaty on security matters amongst all member states*,” Moritan said.

“This kind of meetings will help national delegations to arrive in New York in better conditions”.

File Attachment(s):
UNIDIR_Lebanon_ATT_Seminar_Agenda.pdf (35kb) downloaded 9 time(s).
Beirut_Summary_Report.pdf (127kb) downloaded 8 time(s).
Belgrade_Summary_Report.pdf (139kb) downloaded 9 time(s).


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