Project Ploughshares, in partnership with Asociación para Políticas Públicas in Argentina and The Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress in Costa Rica, have been carrying out a project funded by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) through the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) is focused on the effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project is expected to foster synergies, encourage harmonization, and identify best practices among regional groups of states parties to the ATT.
Each of the key stages of the project, including a series of regional roundtables, has helped deepen and solidify the understanding of regional dynamics around the arms trade in Latin America and the Caribbean. The project has allowed dozens of participants from foreign and trade ministries, the police and military, customs agencies, academia and civil society organizations in South America, Central America and the Caribbean to examine arrangements for treaty implementation in light of regional and international realities concerning the arms trade.
Best practices, lessons learned, and approaches to common implementation challenges have been considered by participants across the region. Further, important international and inter-institutional relationships that were thus far lacking have been established and widely welcomed. The project has allowed for much-needed exchanges among critical stakeholders involved with the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in a variety of official capacities. Moreover, some of the project findings have also served to foster important discussions at related forums and conferences.
Implementing partners express their gratitude to the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) for its continued support and assistance.