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Seminar Programme (September): English
On April 2 2013 the UN General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty by an overwhelming majority, following six years of official negotiations. As of June, 118 states have signed the treaty, with 31 states reaching the ratification stage thus far.
The Arms Trade Treaty on its entry into force will, for the first time in International law, provide parameters and international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms resulting in a new multilateral framework for transparency and accountability in the arms trade. It is hoped that the ATT will reduce the devastating humanitarian and developmental impact of armed conflicts brought about through illicit and poorly regulated arms transfers.
The IPU have been engaged throughout the UN adoption process and most recently at the 129th Assembly in Geneva, October 2013, were active in promotion of the Treaty and its rapid ratification.
While the UNGA resolution was a major international arms control outcome, Parliaments should play a pivotal role in ratification and implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty, in particular in adopting appropriate and effective national legislation for arms export control, including allocating resources and monitoring progress towards meeting its key commitments.
The purpose of the BGIPU International Seminar on the Arms Trade Treaty will be to bring together parliamentarians from around the globe to build upon the existing momentum surrounding ratification of the Treaty, encourage debate on best practise for legislation and domestication of the ATT and discuss implementation models for parliamentarians moving forward in oversight and enforcement of the ATT at national and international level.
By bringing together parliamentarians from across the Globe to discuss the parliamentary aspects of the Arms Trade Treaty, it is hoped that the Seminar will raise awareness and increase knowledge of the ATT among legislators and encourage increased debate in individual parliaments and globally.
In particular, the Seminar will produce a statement entitled "Parliamentary Perspectives on the Arms Trade Treaty ahead of the First Conference of States Parties". It is also hoped that outcome documents would include recommendations for parliaments on best practise implementation and practical targeted advice for their role in providing oversight of States Parties.