High-Level Task Force on Conventional Arms Control

  • Last updated: 10 Oct. 2022 16:58

The High-Level Task Force on Conventional Arms Control (HLTF) is the consultative and advisory body that brings together government experts to channel advice on conventional arms control issues to ministers of foreign affairs and defence.

Effectively, it is the forum within which Alliance arms control policy is determined, while the coordination of Alliance efforts regarding implementation and verification of arms control agreements fall under the purview of the Verification Coordinating Committee. 

All member countries are represented and send senior officials from capitals to meetings of the Task Force.

It was created in 1986 and is chaired by the Deputy Secretary General. The acting chairperson is the Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy of NATO’s International Staff.

The HLTF is supported by a group of HLTF Deputies from NATO Delegations in Brussels.