The objectives of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which entered into force on 24 December 2014, include the establishment of the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of the international trade in convention arms, as well as the prevention and eradication of the illicit trade in convention arms and the prevention of their diversion.
Article 16(3) of the ATT provides for the establishment of a Voluntary Trust Fund (VTF) to support national implementation of the Treaty and encourages all States Parties to contribute resources to the Fund. The VTF was formally established in August 2016 by the Second Conference of States Parties to operate under its approved Terms of Reference (ATT/CSP2/2016/WP3/Rev.1). The VTF shall disburse funds to ATT implementation projects according to the provisions of its Terms of Reference and Administrative Rules. Where necessary, OECD DAC guidelines for development cooperation may also apply.
The VTF aims to assist requesting States requiring international assistance to implement their Treaty obligations, including with respect to legal or legislative assistance, institutional capacity building, and technical, material and financial assistance.
As part of the VTF's operationalization, the VTF makes a formal Call for Voluntary Contributions to the Fund. Your attention is drawn to the following: