ISACS News

UNIDIR Presents ISACS & its Assessment Tool to SALW Commissions from South East Europe

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PRISTINA, KOSOVO — The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) held the 3rd Formal Regional Meeting of Small Arms and Light Weapons Commissions on 28-29 October 2014 in Pristina, Kosovo*. The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

UNODA/UNREC trains Togolese Armed Forces on marking & recording small arms in line with ISACS

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"The National Commission Against the Proliferation, Circulation and Illicit Trafficking of SALW in Togo (CNLPAL), in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), through its Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) – and with the financial support of German Federal Republic – [organized] in Lomé, from 9-11 October, a training workshop for defence and security forces on marking and registration of small arms and light weapons (SALW). …

UNIDIR completes 4th regional ISACS Assessment Tool training in Africa

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EMBAKASI, NAIROBI, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), the UN Regional Centre for Peace & Disarmament in Africa

UNMAS & MINUSTAH use ISACS to build capacity of police in Haiti

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"in 2014, as part of its police development plan, MINUSTAH [the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti] asked UNMAS [the UN Mine Action Service] to support a pilot project on weapons and ammunition management in support of the Haitian National Police (HNP).

The project was designed to increase technical efficiency and to implement international ammunition and weapons management standards. …

Awareness, registration & collection campaign in Bosnia & Herzegovina implemented in line with ISACS

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"It is estimated that there are still 750,000 illicit weapons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, presenting continuous threat to safety of all citizens. Illegal weapons alone have been a factor in more than 10,000 deaths since the end of the war.

In order to fight this problem, the Small Arms and Light Weapons Awareness, Registration, and Collection Campaign conducted awareness raising activities in communities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. …

3rd UNIDIR regional ISACS Assessment Tool training conducted in the Caribbean

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PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the Caribben Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) — held the third regional training-of-trainers workshop on the 

UNIDIR conducts 2nd ISACS Assessment Tool training in Latin America

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LIMA, PERU — The UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)— in cooperation with the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) — held the second regional training-of-trainers workshop on the ISACS Assessment Tool on 19-20 August 2014 at the UN Office in Lima, Peru.

First UNIDIR regional workshop on ISACS Assessment Tool held in Southeast Europe 

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BELGRADE, SERBIA — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Interagency Support Unit — in cooperation with the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) — held the first training-of-trainers workshop on the

BiH collection & destruction campaign implemented in line with ISACS

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Excerpt from a report by UNDP Bosnia & Herzegovina entitled, 
6,000,000th Piece of Ammunition Destroyed

"The spread of small arms and light weapons continues to affect the security of the Western Balkans. To curb the proliferation of illicit small arms, UNDP/SEESAC has been working to support stakeholders at all levels in the region since 2002. …

MSAG training for East African States uses ISACS as basis

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NAIROBI, KENYA — The Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) trained 27 military, police and corrections officers from 8 East African States on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of small arms and light weapons, using ISACS as a basis for the course.  

Officers from Burundi, Comoros, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda participated in the training.  

ISACS as the work plan for civil society in support of the PoA

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Guest post by: Dr. Edward J. Laurance, Monterey Institute of International Studies

First published in The Small Arms Monitor (Volume 6, Number 6, June 2014).  Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.


I write in response to the thoughtful and comprehensive piece by my colleague Daniel Mack:

BMS5 hears of wide-ranging use of ISACS, endorses use of standards

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NEW YORK, U.S.A. — The 5th Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons came to close today with consensus agreement on an outcome document charting the way forward over the coming years.  

67 States express support for ISACS during BMS5

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In addition to the six BMS5 working papers advocating for broader application of ISACS, the following States and regional organisations made statements during BMS5 expressing support for the standards.  Taken together, this means that 67 States* explicitly support using ISACS to advance global efforts to prevent the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.  


UNIDIR report on Somalia draws heavily on ISACS

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As previously reported, UNIDIR co-organised a workshop on weapons and ammunition management in Somalia in January 2014 in cooperation with the Federal Government of Somalia, UNSOM, UNMAS and UNDP.  

UNIDIR has published a report of the workshop that sets out in detail the work being carried out by the Federal Government with support from the United Nations and implementing organisations.  …

Four Additional ISACS Modules Launched

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NEW YORK, U.S.A. — During the 5th Biennial Meeting of States to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the ISACS project of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) mechanism released 4 additional international small arms control standards, bringing to 12 the number of ISACS modules now

ISACS Assessment Tool goes live

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NEW YORK, U.S.A. — On the opening day of the 5th Biennial Meeting of States to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the ISACS Assessment Tool was made available for download free of charge from the ISACS website

UNMAS trains Somali Armed Forces to mark imported SALW in accordance with ISACS 

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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Somalia is training members of the Somali National Army (SNA) to mark small arms — imported by the government under the partially lifted arms embargo — in accordance with the guidance set out in ISACS 05.30 (“Marking and recordkeeping”).  

Six BMS5 Working Papers encourage wider application of ISACS

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"The UNPoA currently suffers from the absence of any framework or principles to measure implementation and assess its effectiveness, and assessing the effectiveness of cooperation and assistance is a small step towards addressing this obstacle in the way of States being accountable for their actions. …

UNDP Report on Rule of Law highlights impact of ISACS

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"Because the availability of weapons is closely linked with levels of violence and crime, UNDP continues its support to the development and implementation of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). Launched in late 2012, the ISACS provides the UN system with a common set of policy, programming and practice guidelines that help ensure that the UN as a whole consistently delivers the highest quality advice and support to Member States regarding maintaining effective controls over the proliferation and control of small arms and light weapons (SALW).

Tighten the Nuts and Bolts

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[On April 30, we posted a news item on a new report from Instituto Sou da Paz that has a lot to say about ISACS.  Below is a guest post by the reports author, Daniel Mack, who presents the relevant part of the report.  The ISACS project looks forward to further interaction with global civil society on on their use of the International Small Arms Control Standards]


UNRCPD supports Myanmar to enhance controls on SALW

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"The workshop was attended by government officials from various security sector agencies who discussed the policy and technical issues of implementing the UN PoA. Discussions focused on analysis of firearms in Myanmar, relevant international and regional instruments, and the sharing of best practices in areas such as safe management of stockpiles of weapons and ammunition and recordkeeping. …

OSCE, UN, INTERPOL help Central Asian States trace illicit small arms using ISACS, iArms, iTrace

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The OSCE, the United Nations and INTERPOL teamed up in Istanbul this week for a sub-regional workshop to help build the capacity of Central Asian States to trace illicit small arms and light weapons.  

The workshop followed up on the "Inaugural Conference on Tracing Illicit SALW in the OSCE Area

Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group tests ISACS Assessment Tool

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GEILENKIRCHEN, GERMANY — The Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) is an apolitical, informal, multinational platform of Armed Forces Verification Centres from OSCE countries that exchange best practices and coordinate international assistance in the area of conventional arms and ammunition management.  

Inaugural NATO School Orientation Course on SALW draws on ISACS and its Assessment Tool

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OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY — This week, the NATO School is running its first policy level orientation course on Small Arms and Light Weapons & Mine Action for States participating in the Euro Atlantic Partnership Council.  

Participants inlcude military and diplomatic personnel from Austria, Azerbaijan, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.  

ISACS are “most important recent step forward on international efforts on small arms” — Instituto Sou da Paz

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This month, the Instituto Sou da Paz issued a thought provoking and insightful report entitled, “What Next? Thoughts for global civil society working on arms control and armed violence reduction.”  

The report includes a discusison on ISACS and their potential to be used by global civil society as a tool to advocate for more effective national controls over small arms and light weapons.  …