The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), with its focus on the international trade in small arms and light weapons, is crucial to reducing illicit arms flows and armed violence. In force since 2014, the treaty was swiftly signed by most of the world’s governments and is designed to combat illicit trans-national arms sales, a preventive measure which protects even those nations with low rates of arms proliferation. Yet this job has only just begun, and our Centre is at the heart of the movement to help governments and civil society adopt and maintain basic regulatory processes whenever arms are transferred internationally.
By assessing the impact that arms sales might have on peace and security, and by reducing the risk of damaging effects, the Arms Trade Treaty aims to prevent arms sales that might contravene international protocols. As many governments, particularly in low income and developing states, lack the capacity to implement the ATT, the Centre works with officials, civil society and other stakeholders around the world to build capacity and to ensure that the treaty is adapted to meet local needs.
Successful implementation of the ATT requires cooperation between agencies, so the Centre takes a ‘whole of government’ approach, bringing together officials from a variety of departments to ensure effective coordination and information sharing. CAVR also guides states to sources of funding, builds capacity with toolkits and training sessions to help governments understand and adopt the ATT, assists with reporting requirements and encourages all parties to become increasingly involved in the international effort to reduce the damage done by the misuse of arms.