The 2015 Report

The first edition of the ATT Monitor sets out a comprehensive interpretation of the standards, obligations and aspirations contained in the Treaty.

The first chapter includes an in-depth examination of legal obligations contained in Articles 6 and 7 of the ATT, initially with specific reference to exporter obligations. A hypothetical case study helps to illustrate some key elements necessary for reviewing transfers to potentially unstable destinations and/or under inadvisable circumstances. Finally, it examines importer obligations (Article 8) by exploring elements and examples of existing state systems, and reflecting on challenges.

The second chapter examines the infrastructure and systems found in a sample range of countries. The focus is to illustrate the different ways States Parties can effectively meet the institutional, regulatory, and legislative obligations outlined in the Treaty. This chapter also includes analysis of the ATT Baseline Assessment Project (ATT-BAP) process, some of the key lessons learned through that experience, and where the major challenges and opportunities exist amongst States Parties.

The third chapter looks at reporting activities by UN member states as per their obligations to other relevant disarmament and arms control initiatives. This dataset covers all UN member states (ie. all signatory and States Parties, as well as those states yet to join the ATT). The data explores reporting behaviour by states on mechanisms like the UN Register on Conventional Weapons, the UN Comtrade database, and publicly available national reports on arms transfers.

The final chapter examines some of the existing multilateral financing mechanisms that have been established to further implementation and universalization activities. The focus is to provide ideas on how assistance activities are helping to strengthen the overall impact of the Treaty.

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