GCSP Seventh Executive Education Course on "Building Capacities for Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

Activity description

As part of the project "Building Capacities for Effective Implementations of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)", the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized the seventh of its executive education course in Geneva, Switzerland, on 4-8 April 2017. Participants were officials from governments of States Parties or Signatories of the ATT, or representatives of civil society organisations, and hailed from 16 countries (Argentina, Burundi, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Moldova, Nauru, Peru, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Thailand). During the course, participants worked on the key provisions of the treaty and related international instruments to contribute to a more responsible trade in conventional arms and the fight against the illicit arms trade. This course was made possible by funding from the Swiss Confederation, the Australian government, and the German Friedrich-Ebert Foundation.

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.


Type of Activity
Institutional capacity-building
Sensitization and outreach
Focus of Activity
International instruments
Transfer controls
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Côte d’ivoire
Sierra Leone
Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR)
Contact Details

Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)

Maison de la paix, Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2D

1211 Geneva 1 (Switzerland)

Point of contact: Marc Finaud, Senior Programme Advisor

Phone: +41 (0)22 730 96 41

Email: m.finaud@gcsp.ch