Outreach

In six years, the number of Montreux Document participants has tripled: from an initial 17 states, the Montreux Document is now supported by 54 states and three international organisations. However, there is a need to continue outreach in order to build further support for the Montreux Document across the different regions of the world and among international organisations. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Sources (DCAF), in its Secretariat function to the Montreux Document Forum works with the Co-Chairs of the MDF as well as Participants to the initiative. DCAF undertakes a range of activities to foster awareness of the Montreux Document and improve its recognition. For these objectives, DCAF conducts policy research and analysis, organizes bilateral and multilateral outreach events and workshops, and provides briefings to national actors on the added value of the Montreux Document for more effective regulation.

Mapping  Study on Montreux Document Outreach and Implementation

This extensive study seeks to inform Montreux Document participants on the strengths as well as the key remaining challenges in outreach and implementation and is designed to capture legislative practice by national authorities in their efforts to implement the rules and good practices of the Montreux Document. Additionally, this study seeks to identify themes and geographical regions that could benefit from further research, implementation, capacity building, outreach and knowledge sharing. As such, the study intends to promote discussion in the MDF as well as offer momentum and direction for the work of the MDF related to implementation and promotion of the Montreux Document.

Download the Mapping Study (2017).

Regional Conferences

To increase support for the Montreux Document and to encourage debates on issues related to the regulation of PMSCs, Switzerland, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces (DCAF) launched a multi-year programme of conferences, which have been held in:

With primarily an outreach and awareness raising focus, the conferences also aimed to gain a regional perspective with regard to states’ interactions with PMSCs and to have an exchange on national regulations and good practices.

Most recently, the Regional Meeting of the MDF took place from 27 to 28 February 2018 in San José, Costa Rica, and gathered over 100 participants from 31 countries, notably 22 States from the Latin American and Caribbean region. Furthermore, high-level representatives of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the United Nations (UN), and the European Union (EU), civil society, industry, and academic experts contributed to the discussions on more effective regulation of PMSCs in the region.

Other Services

Apart from the multilateral conferences, the Montreux Document Forum aims at supporting prospective supporters in every step of the process as they study and examine the Montreux Document in view of becoming a participant. The Secretariat of the Document, DCAF, carries out awareness-raising and knowledge-building activities with multilateral and bilateral participants in Geneva or in the respective capital. Governments or representatives of international organisations who are interested in learning more about how the Montreux Document can support the regulation of PMSCs are warmly invited to get in touch with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic control of Armed forces in order to find prospective areas of collaboration. 

 


Proceedings of the Regional Workshop for Latin American States


Proceedings of the Regional Workshop for North East and Central Asia


Proceedings of the Regional Workshop for Southeast Asia


Proceedings of the Regional Workshop for Francophone and Lusophone African states

Dakar, June 2014Dakar, June 2014. From left to right: Dr. Alan Bryden, Head of Division, DCAF; H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Senegal; Mr. Demba Diouf, Director of the Cabinet, Ministry of Armed Forces of Senegal; Brig. Gen. Alain Pereira, Director of CHEDS, Mr. Zakaria Maiga, Deputy Head of ICRC Regional Delegation.

H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Senegal, greets Mr. Demba Diouf, Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Armed Forces of Senegal, during the Dakar Regional Conference, June 2014 H.E. Muriel Berset Kohen, Ambassador of Switzerland to Senegal, greets Mr. Demba Diouf, Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Armed Forces of Senegal, during the Dakar Regional Conference, June 2014.