Welcome to ISACS

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The ISACS initiative is a good example of how the humanitarian, peace and security and development pillars of the UN can work together in partnership to help states prevent conflict and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Kim Won-soo
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.”

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The Problem

Small arms and light weapons claim more victims each year than any other kind of weapon.  Small arms are used in almost half of all violent deaths worldwide. Nearly 200,000 people die every year as a result of gunshot wounds and countless others suffer indirect effects . Many weapons find their way into the hands of perpetrators through illicit channels, helped by inadequate (or inadequately enforced) laws and weak control mechanisms at national and local levels.  

The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) provide practical guidance on putting in place effective national controls over the full lifecycle of small arms and light weapons—from manufacture and marking, through international transfer and storage, to collection and destruction—thereby helping to prevent illicit flows of the real weapons of mass destruction. 

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Introductory Presentations

Introduction to ISACS




CASA Partners


CASA Partners