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ATT – Side Event: How the Arms Trade Treaty could strengthen transit controls of military goods.

Publication date: 28/04/2022

Controlling the transit and transshipment of military goods is essential to secure the legal international arms trade, to prevent diversion and to avoid the undesirable proliferation of conventional weapons. However, the efficient and effective implementation of such controls is for various reasons a highly challenging task for national governments.

During this virtual ATT-side-event, held on 27 April 2022, several recommendations and initiatives were forwarded that states parties could undertake, both within the framework of the ATT and at the national level.

These recommendations were drawn from a recent study the Flemish Peace Institute conducted, in which transit control systems in seven European countries were analyzed and in which possibilities and challenges for international cooperation and information exchange were assessed.

Presentations by:

Mr. Tom Nijs (Chair of the Diversion Information Exchange Forum & Legal advisor at Flanders Chancellery & Foreign Office)

Mr. Diederik Cops (senior researcher Flemish Peace Insititute). Download his presentation here.

Ms. Sabine Visser (Chair of the working group on transparency and reporting & cluster coordinator arms export control – Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Download her presentation here.