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How to apply to the CCW Sponsorship Programme

If an official or technical expert wishes to be sponsored to represent his or her government at a CCW conference or meeting, then he or she must:
  • Submit a written request addressed to the 'Coordinator of the Steering Committee' via the CCW Implementation Support Unit. This can be sent by e-mail to: ccw@unog.ch or fax to: +41 22 917 0054.
  • The written request must be received by the CCW Implementation Support Unit in advance of the CCW meetings. The upcoming GGE on LAWS and the conferences of Protocol V and Amended Protocol II as well as the Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention will take place from 13 to 24 November 2017. The deadline for requesting sponsorship was Friday, 15 September 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Geneva time. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Some delegates will be asked to also make a contribution to the costs of their attendance at the conferences.
  • All requests for sponsorship must be considered and approved by the Sponsorship Programme's Steering Committee and then the candidates will be informed of the outcomes.
  • The request should indicate specifically for whom sponsorship is being requested, confirm that the person is an official from a government agency or ministry that has responsibility for conventional weapons (including knowledge and experience on conventional weapons and disarmament) and is able to make a presentation on his or her government’s status of ratification, implementation or reporting of the Convention and its annexed Protocols.

Once an application has been approved for sponsorship then the following conditions apply:

Delegates will travel on an economy class ticket arranged by or in coordination with the CCW Sponsorship Programme administrator. The sponsored delegate will accept accommodation at a hotel of the administrator’s choice.
  • If a sponsored delegate is unable to travel to Geneva once a ticket has been issued, he or she must immediately inform the CCW Sponsorship Programme administrator and return the unused air tickets.
  • In addition, it is the responsibility of sponsored delegates to act promptly to obtain all necessary visas for travel to Switzerland, especially since Switzerland has applied the Schengen regulations concerning the issuance of visas.
  • Further information relating to the procedures and measures concerning the issuance of visas for Switzerland is available by contacting the Swiss embassy or consulate in the applicant's country of residence or by referring to the following link of the Federal Office of Migrations:


  • Further information is available on the Permanent Mission of Switzerland's website:


The candidate is required to make a national statement on their area of expertise, i.e. his or her country’s status of ratification, implementation or reporting.