Preparatory meetings

Over the course of 2014, Switzerland and the ICRC hosted three preparatory meetings of Montreux Document participants to discuss the establishment of the Montreux Document Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. In preparation for the meetings, all participants had the opportunity to provide their reflections and consult on the establishment, modalities, and tasks of the MDF.

Plenaries and Working Group meetings

The Montreux Document Forum consists of a plenary meeting which gathers all Montreux Document participants. Other states, international organisations and other relevant actors may also be invited by the MDF as observers. The plenary may also be convened on an ad-hoc basis and may take place via video or teleconference. The Working Groups will meet on an ad-hoc basis; meetings may also take place via video or teleconference.

2016 Plenary of the MDF

On 29 January 2016, Montreux Document participants gathered for the second plenary meeting of the MDF, which provided a space for an informal exchange on specific issues pertaining to the implementation and promotion of the Montreux Document. Chaired by Ambassador Jürg Lindenmann, Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Law at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and Dr. Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy at the ICRC, the meeting was attended by 27 states and two international organisations supporting the Montreux Document.

The plenary was divided into three main parts. First, Montreux Document participants received reports on relevant developments since December 2014. These reports focused on the work undertaken by the Working Group on the International Code of Conduct Association and on the Ethiopia Regional Conference on private military and security companies (PMSCs) held in November 2015 in Addis Ababa for African states. Secondly, the plenary was devoted to a thematic discussion on the use of PMSCs in maritime security. Finally, the plenary aimed at allowing a discussion on specific aspects pertaining to the implementation of the Montreux Document and its good practices.

Download the Chairs’ Summary for more information.

2014 Constitutional Meeting of the MDF

The MDF was launched on 16 December 2014 during a constitutional meeting attended by more than 50 states and 3 international organisations. The event was divided into two parts; the morning session, open to all interested states and to a number of invited international organisations based in Geneva, served to inform about the Document and to have an exchange on promoting further support for the Document. The afternoon session was open to Montreux Document participants only and served to formally launch and operationalise the MDF. For details of the proceedings, download the Chairs’ Summary of the 2014 Constitutional Meeting of the MDF.

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The Montreux Document Forum was launched on 16 December 2014 during a constitutional meeting attended by more than 50 states and 3 international organisations.