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The Arms Trade Treaty and the Commonwealth (WP1410)

The Arms Trade Treaty and the Commonwealth (WP1410)
Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 June, 2015
Wiston House

Wilton Park
West Sussex
BN44 3DZ
+44 (0) 1903 815 020

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Event no.

Dialogue to assess the current state of adherence to, and implementation of, the ATT among Commonwealth states.  14 Commonwealth countries have yet to sign the ATT, and a further 15 have signed but not ratified.

Moreover, many of those which have signed or acceded face significant capacity challenges when implementing the Treaty. The dialogue:

  • Assessed factors preventing wider accession among Commonwealth states and how they can be overcome. What role can the UK and others play in assisting?
  • Identified problems confronted by Commonwealth states in implementing the Treaty or (failing formal accession) application of its principles, and develop proposals to enhance implementation.
  • Examined how Commonwealth states can play a stronger role in the Treaty’s operation.
  • Assessed how the Commonwealth can spread the message about the Treaty to a wider audience in the developing world and encourage engagement and, ultimately, accession.

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