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Taking Stock of the Arms Trade Treaty: Processes and Forums

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Roberto Dondisch
Publisher: SIPRI
August, 2021

The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has a number of attached processes and forums that are aimed at enabling and promoting both the effective implementation of the treaty by states parties and its further universalization. In order to operate effectively these processes and forums need to be designed and operated in ways that reflect the ATT’s unique status as a trade treaty with a core humanitarian objective.

The ATT states parties must consider the current support architecture and the challenges that it faces. These include effectively transitioning from a negotiation to an implementation framework; avoiding inherent risks to the treaty’s objective; implementing the risk-mitigation clause; maintaining the balance between exporters and importers; preserving transparency; and implementing possible good practice options.

This is one of a series of five papers that are being produced as part of a wider project aimed at taking stock of specific aspects of the ATT—its scope, the application of the risk-assessment criteria, its processes and forums, universalization efforts, and international assistance to support ATT implementation.

Contents

I. Introduction

II. The singular nature of the ATT 

III. The state of the ATT processes and forums

IV. Challenges for the ATT processes and forums

V. Options for adaptation of the ATT processes and forums  

VI. Conclusions 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)/EDITORS

Roberto Dondisch

is a distinguished fellow at the Stimson Center. He served as the chief negotiator of Mexico throughout the United Nations process that led to the Arms Trade Treaty process, as vice-president of the diplomatic conferences and as facilitator on the article on diversion. He has also served as Mexico’s chief negotiator of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is a former director-general for global issues at the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and former head consul of Mexico in Seattle. Dondisch holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.