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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 so as to build on support for the Montreux Document across the different regions of the world and among international organisations. It is expected that the MDF will play a role in supporting MD participants to promote further awareness of the Montreux Document and to increase support for the Document.

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:

The conferences aimed to gain a regional perspective with regard to states’ interactions with PMSCs and to have an exchange on national regulations and good practices. Over the past four years, the events have gathered 56 states leading to an increased understanding of the Montreux Document.

The most recent regional conference took place on 11-12 November 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and gathered 16 states from Anglophone Africa, as well as the African Union, Regional Economic Communities, and the United Nations. The report of the regional conference will be published in early 2016.


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 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 2014H.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.