History and Overview

In April 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which is the first international Treaty aimed at regulating the international trade of conventional arms. This regulation impacts the trade of items such as small arms and light weapons, tanks, helicopters, combat aircraft, large-caliber artillery systems, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and more. The ATT also identifies and utilizes accountability and reporting as a method of control.

The Arms Trade Treaty requires all states-parties to implement basic regulations and approval procedures for the transfer of weapons across international borders, and establishes mutual international standards prior to authorization of arms exports. In addition, ATT requires yearly reports of imports and exports to a treaty authority.

In regards to reporting, the ATT requires that each State Party “submit annual reports on international transfers and national implementation activities,” and should include information such as the “quantity, value, model/type, authorized international transfers of conventional arms, conventional arms actually transferred”, details of both importing and exporting State(s), the “transit and trans-shipment State(s), and end users”. ATT stipulates that reports are made publicly available, thus improving transparency and accountability in the trade of global arms.

ATT Use Cases

Camcode Global believes in improving transparency in arms trade by means of weapons tracking. We have developed proven methods and best practices to accurately and efficiently track arms. Through unique identification methodologies and data cleansing and reconciliation processes, Camcode Global can help organizations and State Parties build functional databases and generate accurate reports for weapons tracking and ATT compliance.

Most importantly, Camcode Global can assist State Parties to develop overarching policies that comply with ATT regulations. Using extensive experience and proven practices, Camcode Global works with government bodies through every step of the policy development process. This includes the creation of marking specifications for small arms and light weapons tracking, as well as the generation of detailed reports to meet ATT regulations.

Above all, Camcode Global’s processes create accurate data and transparency in reporting to effectively track conventional arms worldwide.


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