By providing a venue for informal consultation among Montreux Document participants, the Montreux Document Forum seeks to support national implementation of the Montreux Document and the development of implementation tools, as well as to bring more states to actively support it. The Forum further aims to strengthen dialogue on lessons learned, good practices and challenges related to the regulation of PMSCs.
The Montreux Document, which was finalized on 17 September 2008, is the result of a joint initiative launched in 2006 by Switzerland and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). As the initiators of the Montreux Document, Switzerland and the ICRC will act as the initial Co-Chairs of the Montreux Document Forum. The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) will carry out secretariat functions for the Montreux Document Forum.
The Constitutional Meeting of the Montreux Document Forum took place on 16 December 2014 in Geneva. It was chaired by Ambassador Dr. Valentin Zellweger, Director of the Directorate of International Law of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and Dr. Helen Durham, Director of International Law and Policy of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Representatives from around fifty countries and four international organisations attended the meeting.
The finalization of the Montreux Document was followed by the introduction in November 2010 of the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), a complementary process also initiated by Switzerland.
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