The Wassenaar Arrangement conducts a variety of outreach activities aimed at encouraging broad adoption of WA standards and promoting effective national export control systems.
The Wassenaar Arrangement organizes two regular collective outreach events in Vienna for interested outreach partners (currently 46 countries):
- Post-Plenary Briefing on the results of the annual Plenary meeting.
- Enhanced Technical Briefing on changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement Control Lists and licensing and enforcement issues. This event is normally organized to facilitate participation by Wassenaar Arrangement technical experts and licensing and enforcement officers in order to encourage expert exchanges and the sharing of practical implementation experience.
The Wassenaar Arrangement also conducts outreach dialogue with individual countries and from time to time may undertake bilateral outreach visits upon invitation from an interested country, as agreed by the Wassenaar Arrangement Plenary.
The WA Secretariat interacts on a regular basis with a variety of international and regional organisations engaged in related activities. In addition, the Arrangement has contacts with other export control regimes on specific control list issues of a technical nature.
Other activities to raise awareness of the Wassenaar Arrangement’s work include seminars, workshops and participation in international conferences in various parts of the world which often include representatives from industry and academia, as well as governments. A number of Wassenaar Arrangement Participating States also undertake export controls-related outreach on a national or regional basis, including by organizing events aimed at engagement with countries in specific regions.
If a country would like to participate in Wassenaar Arrangement outreach activities, it should officially register its interest through the current Plenary Chair or the WA Secretariat.
- WA Outreach at 2020 Asian Export Control Seminar (AECS)
The WA held an outreach event on the margins of the AECS in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 February 2020. The event, complementing a WA presentation during the AECS programme itself, promoted the establishment of fully effective export controls, reaching an audience of key export control experts from the Asia-Pacific region. Some 60 persons in total attended the event. Presenters from the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States, together with the WA Secretariat, addressed the implementation of WA standards and best practices in areas including export risk assessment, re-export controls on conventional arms, and public participation in the export control regulatory process. The event was made possible with the support of the AECS organisers – the Center for Information on Security Trade Control, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
For more information about the Asian Export Control Seminar, see the press release from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
- The Role and Relevance of the Wassenaar Arrangement – Presentation by Head of Secretariat to Second Annual Disarmament and International Security Affairs Fellowship Programme, New Delhi, 17 January 2020
Please visit the Control Lists page to see the Munitions section of the Wassenaar Arrangement’s Control List document.