This week, we have had a full house here at the GCSP with an array of important activities.
Starting on Monday, the course on Building Capacities for Effective Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) began with 23 participants from five continents. In its fifth edition, the course trains government officials of states having signed the ATT on how to implement its provisions effectively.
The goal of the course is to contribute to fulfilling the two main objectives of the ATT: to “establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms” and to “prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.”
On Wednesday, we saw a full-day international policy dialogue on preventing violent extremism. The dialogue was held the context of the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism on 7-8 April, convened by the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations, the GCSP hosted an international policy dialogue with the support of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.
The dialogue session built upon the sharing of best practices among more than 60 key international, governmental and non-governmental actors and experts on innovative measures to prevent and counter violent extremism.
Today and tomorrow we are welcoming close to 200 students, coaches, experts, and sponsors from around the world for the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge. Students and mentors are working in 29 teams to tackle cyber security challenges, defend against a major cyberattack, respond to evolving situations, and develop policy recommendations.
The Challenge is designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber security crises and conflicts at national and European levels.
Finally, tomorrow will also see the opening of the 4th edition of our 3-week course for Myanmar participants. Since 2013, the course has brought together representatives from various sectors (i.e. administration, parliament, political parties and civil society) with the aim to promote a vision of strong democratic institutions and support for the rule of law and human rights in the country.