Research project

Arms Transfer Dialogue (ATD)

The Arms Transfer Dialogue (ATD) provides a unique Geneva-based forum for States and other interested parties to explore options and approaches for supporting multilateral processes on conventional arms control, including SALW. The ATD also provides a forum for discussion on synergies between international instruments regulating arms transfers and addressing the global illicit arms trade, including the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goal 16, and other relevant instruments. Building on the experience and expertise present in Geneva on multilateral arms control processes, this ATD project is expected to enhance the knowledge and capacity of Geneva-based diplomats and policymakers to identify options and approaches to enhance common understanding and support multilateral processes and instruments regulating arms transfers and addressing the illicit arms trade.

As part of this project, UNIDIR and the Small Arms Survey (SAS) will organize a series of ATD events in 2017 for States, Geneva-based experts and other interested parties to promote an exchange of views and sharing of relevant expertise and experience. After each ATD event, a meeting summary report will be produced by SAS and UNIDIR which can be used by States and other stakeholders in relevant multilateral conventional arms control process—including the ATT and the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms.

For more information, please visit: http://www.armstransfersdialogue.org/.

Researchers: Himayu Shiotani, Hardy Giezendanner, Daniel Golston

Partner: Small Arms Survey

Support from UNIDIR's core funders provides the foundation for all of the Institute's activities.
In addition, dedicated project funding was received from the Government of Finland.