Side Event on International Cooperation and Assistance
On the occasion of the Geneva Preparatory Meeting of the Conference of States Parties of the ATT, the GCSP and SIPRI jointly hosted a side event dedicated to the provisions of the Treaty regarding International Cooperation and Assistance (art. 15 and 16). This offered an opportunity to share the experience gained by the ATT Network as a multi-stakeholder platform that allowed information sharing and capacity building and could inspire the work of the future ATT Secretariat. Other panelists from Germany, Jamaica, Ghana, the Philippines and Sweden as well as UNIDIR discussed existing or possible contributions by States Parties or international organizations to coordinated cooperation and assistance for implementation of the Treaty in response to the needs of States and taking into consideration the role of civil society.
The ATT Network was launched in September 2013 by the Geneva Forum and GCSP. Since May 2015, it is composed of: the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), the GCSP, Small Arms Survey, and UNIDIR. It acts as a platform to exchange information, elaborate and provide practical guidance on ATT implementation, build related capacities and implementation resources, develop networks among implementation actors and communities, and help states preparing for ATT follow-up meetings. The Network is inclusive, informal, and works through activities such as thematic public meetings, training workshops, working group discussions, and the production of implementation guidelines.