About the ATT Monitor

Our Mission

The ATT Monitor is the de facto international monitoring mechanism for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and serves as a source of information on the implementation of, and compliance with, the ATT. Its authoritative and quantitative research and analysis serves to strengthen Treaty implementation efforts and improve the transparency of the conventional arms trade. 

ATT Monitor Annual Reports, the flagship publications of the project, take stock of existing practice, create greater transparency in how the Treaty is implemented, inform the work of the CSPs and intersessional meetings, and ensure accountability for Treaty commitments. 

The ATT Monitor produces research for its key audiences: government policy-makers, export officials, civil society, and international organizations, as well as the media and the general public. 

The ATT Monitor produces the following research outputs: 

  • ATT Monitor Annual Reports 
  • Country Profiles that provide analysis of reporting and transfer practices of each reporting State Party 
  • Case studies 
  • Briefing papers 
  • Factsheets 

The ATT Monitor meets the research needs of ATT stakeholders by: 

  • Synthesizing information and analyzing trends and developments on ATT compliance to advance the Treaty’s universalisation and implementation 
  • Assessing standards of national reporting (Article 13) and relevant transparency commitments 
  • Providing country-by-country analysis on reporting and transfer practices 
  • Identifying patterns and trends of exports/imports of conventional weapons and reporting them against ATT criteria 
  • Making research findings available in print and online, in user-friendly formats, and translating key publications into non-English languages 
  • Maintaining a global network of experts who contribute to ATT Monitor outputs through the International Reference Group (IRG), and contribute to development of ATT Monitor content through the Editorial Team 

This information is used to: 

  • Advance the ATT’s universalisation and implementation 
  • Identify key challenges in advancing global acceptance of the ATT’s norms and its full implementation and propose steps to address these challenges 
  • Provide recommendations for government policy planning and decision-making 
  • Provide a research-based tool to civil society for use in developing advocacy campaigns and capacity-building and training programmes
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