Arms Proliferation

The arms proliferation cluster aims to promote innovative, cooperative and rule-of-law-based responses to the uncontrolled accumulation and spread of all categories of weapons, from small arms and light weapons (SALW) to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) because of the humanitarian and strategically destabilising consequences of this phenomenon. 

In particular, the cluster seeks to offer novel solutions to this longstanding and complex issue, taking into account the interrelationships with other emerging security challenges (terrorism, organised crime and regional conflicts, notably).

The cluster meets these goals by engaging on three fronts:

  1. The introduction of knowledge on up-to-date current geopolitical, technological and legal developments into responses to demand for advice, education and dialogue from and among key stakeholders. This is done, for instance, by building capacities worldwide on implementing the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) or the Biological Weapons Convention.
  2. The development of partnerships with, and a high visibility among, key stakeholders (government representatives, both in Geneva and in capitals, civil society organisations, academia) to promote cross-institutional and multi-stakeholder approaches. In that respect, the ATT Network was initiated as an inclusive platform to promote universalisation and implementation of the ATT, and Track-II meetings were held on a WMD-free Zone in the Middle East.
  3. The anticipation of potential developments, especially in connection to related fields (such as violent extremism, transnational organised crime, technological innovation, strategic foresight, etc.).


Mr Marc Finaud
Senior Programme Advisor, Emerging Security Challenges Programme; Arms Proliferation Cluster Responsible

Course List

Arms Trade Treaty Implementation Course, in English et en Français

Middle East and North Africa Arms Control Capacity Building

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