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BGIPU Parliamentary Seminar on the Arms Trade Treaty




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.


  • The importance of parliamentary oversight of arms export control regimes and the wider security sector
  • Humanitarian and Developmental impacts of illicit arms sales and the diversion of arms,
  • Best practise, model legislation and opportunities for parliamentary cooperation in support of ratification of the ATT
  • Discussion on effective implementation and integration with existing legislative arrangements on arms control
  • Parliamentary role in ensuring State Parties compliance with the Treaty and contribution to the ongoing debate on these issues. 


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, it is 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.


Please find below relevant documents for the Seminar. These will be updated as and when available. 

Registration forms for the SeminarEnglish | French

The Delegate Information Note: English | French

Travel and Hotel Information Forms: English | French

Provisional Seminar Programme: English