On Thursday 26 January 2023, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), the Stimson Center and Conflict Armament Research organized a one-day brainstorming workshop on “The Role of Industry in Responsible International Transfers of Conventional Arms” in support of the Republic of Korea’s presidency of the Ninth Conference of States Parties (CSP9) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
This summary report presents some of the workshop’s key discussion points and issues for consideration during the ATT CSP9 cycle of meetings. It provides some background information on industry expectations regarding the impact of the ATT and explores how to improve industry engagement with the ATT process. It also highlights some of the potential benefits for industry – which ranges from arms manufacturers, via logistics companies to financial service providers – if the ATT can facilitate greater convergence of arms transfer laws and regulatory approaches around the world. It is anticipated that this document can support the preparation of a working paper by the CSP9 presidency that contains recommendations for concrete action to support effective implementation and universalization of the ATT.
Citation: Paul Holtom and Anna Mensah (2023) "The Role of Industry in Responsible International Transfers of Conventional Arms", UNIDIR, Geneva, Switzerland.