ISACS News


UNLIREC helps Peru safely store small arms used by private security companies

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“This renovated depot keeps arms and ammunition for civilian use in temporary custody, particularly those belonging to private security companies. A total of 16 clauses of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and 12 clauses of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs) were incorporated into the redesign and remodelling of the depot, thus allowing for improvements in the physical security, access control, and storage, registration and record-keeping management of the arms and ammunition. …


ISACS serves the UN System and helps clear a path to achievement of SDG16

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Excerpt from UNDP’s report on “Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations 

INTERNATIONAL SMALL ARMS CONTROL STANDARDS

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In 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed that “countries suffering from sustained levels of armed conflict or violence are also those furthest from reaching their Millennium Development Goal targets. …


At BMS6, States unanimously reaffirm link between illicit small arms trade and underdevelopment

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NEW YORK, USA — The 6th Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons came to close on June 10 with consensus agreement by all UN Member States that preventing the illicit small arms trade is vital to achieving sustainable human development.


Austria promotes knowledge transfer through ISACS in Bosnia, Moldova, Kenya & Senegal

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"the Austrian Armed Forces continue their active engagement in several long-term assistance projects on the Western Balkans (BIH), in Eastern Europe (MOLDOWA) and in Africa (KENYA and SENEGAL). Together with partners from the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group MSAG the main focus is on supporting capacity building and promoting knowledge transfer with regard to the standardized ISACS- and IATG-based management of national stockpiles, as well as advising and supporting the reduction of surpluses of SALW and corresponding ammunition. …


ISACS can assist States to achieve the SDGs - UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs 

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“It is every state’s full responsibility to safeguard properly the weapons needed for its national defence and law enforcement. A large number of States have adopted good practices and are applying recognized standards on this issue. Unfortunately, as you know, many states – due to capacity and capability constraints – have not.


EU calls for promotion and implementation of ISACS

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In a Working Paper submitted to the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (BMS6), the EU stated that:

“With regard to the consideration of the implementation of the UN Programme of Action the EU would like to see the following elements in the outcome-document of BMS6: […] 


UN Secretary-General encourages use of ISACS to assess national SALW controls, assist peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts

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Excerpts from: The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General

“26. Solid advances were made in consistency and comprehensiveness of United Nations support for full life-cycle management of small arms and light weapons. In order to provide dependable, high-quality assistance across offices and agencies, the United Nations system has developed modular packages of good practices on small arms, light weapons and ammunition control (ISACS – International Small Arms Control Standards, and IATG – International Ammunition Technical Guidelines), which are publicly available.9 Security Council resolution S/RES/2220 (2015) recognized the value of these standards and guidelines, as did the outcome of BMS5 (A/CONF.192/BMS/2014/2 I.12. and I.17(e)). …


HALO Trust building, rehabilitating arms storage facilities across the world in line with ISACS

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The HALO Trust has engaged in Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM) projects across the world (Afghanistan, Angola, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Georgia, Mozambique, Somaliland, and DRC). In addition to the destruction of weapons and ammunition, a number of these projects involve the rehabilitation and construction of armouries and ammunition stores across the world. …


CARICOM points to benefits of ISACS

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“CARICOM welcomes the development of agreed standards and best practices, based on such instruments as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). States could benefit from the voluntary application of these guidelines.” 


UN launches new guidance on SALW National Action Plans

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NEW YORK, 22 APRIL 2016 — The United Nations internal mechanism for coordinating action on small arms (CASA) today launched new guidance to assist States in designing and implementing a National Action Plan to prevent the illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which are used to kill more people every year than any other kind of weapon.


ISACS 03.30 provides comprehenisve guidande on acquisition, possession and use of firearms by civilians - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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“The Coordinating Action on Small Arms mechanism established by the Secretary- General has developed guidance on appropriate control measures, building on the standards described above, best practice guidelines and model regulations that have been developed at the regional and subregional levels. …


United Nations Great Lakes Strategy uses ISACS to ensure harmonized regional approach to small arms control

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EXCERPT FROM UN SECURITY COUNCIL DOCUMENT S/2016/255 (17 March 2016):
Letter from the Secretary-General to the President of the Security Council transmitting the
United Nations Great Lakes Regional Strategic Framework 2016-2017

Pillar 6: JUSTICE AND CONFLICT PREVENTION
Priority Regional Interventions


Lack of compliance with ISACS in DRC contributes to proliferation of weapons to illegal armed groups - UNMAS

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"Inadequate weapons and ammunition security remains a pressing concern both at national level and within the broader international community. Few national security institution storage facilities [in the DRC] comply with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). …


UNDP / SEESAC trains Moldova Police on stockpile management in accordance with ISACS

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“This national PSSM [physical security and stockpile management] course is part of the Component 1 of SEESAC’s EUSAC project that aims to provide support in improving security of armament storages through capacity development of the relevant personnel and in accordance with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). …


Combatting illicit arms trafficking “essential” to achieving Global Goals - Ban Ki-moon

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In his report to the General Assembly on Supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—also known as the Sustainable Development Goals—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reiterated that, “national capacities for conflict prevention are a critical factor in building peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development” and that, “Building national capacities for combatting illicit arms trafficking is also essential.”  


ISACS supports German PSSM training for 11 OSCE States

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The German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) Verification Centre invited the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit to support a “Physical Security & Stockpile Management (PSSM) Course for National Coordinators on Small Arms and Light Weapons and Conventional Ammunition (SALW / CA)” held in Geilenkirchen, Germany, on 7-17 March.


UNREC uses ISACS to help build national PSSM standards in the Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Chad)

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"The project aims at contributing to security and stability in the Sahel region by preventing the diversion of and illicit trafficking in government-held SALW and ammunition through providing assistance to the six countries mentioned above, in improving physical security and stockpile management.


ISACS, IATG can help with management of Floating Armouries - Marshall Islands

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“8.2  The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) provide the structure to standardise the procedures for the management and accounting procedures for weapons, ammunition and security related equipment, including the safe and secure storage of these items that could be adapted for FAs [Floating Armouries].” 


UNRCPD uses ISACS to help Thailand build capacity on small arms control

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“The workshop aims to enhance the capacity of approximately 50 Government officials from various ministries and agencies involved in small arms and light weapons control by introducing into national practices acknowledged international standards and effective practices provided by the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines.”


BICC report documents use of ISACS in the Sahel

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A Working Paper produced by the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC) provides an overview of completed and planned small arms control efforts in the greater Sahel region during 2015 and 2016. It outlines not only current small arms control projects in 12 countries but also current capacity shortfalls. 


Germany encourages worldwide use of ISACS

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“Germany attaches great importance to UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and related UN SC Resolutions, and supports the development of standards and best practices in the control of small arms and conventional ammunition at the global level. It has contributed to the ongoing development of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and encourages their worldwide use on a voluntary basis.” …


UNRCPD helps build capacity on small arms control in Myanmar, with support from ISACS

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“UNRCPD [the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific], in cooperation with the Government of Myanmar, organized a capacity-building workshop on small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nay Pyi Taw, 23-24 February 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to assist relevant Government ministries and agencies in enhancing national control of SALW in Myanmar and thereby the ability to further implement the provisions of the UN Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons and other international treaties and instruments relevant for the control of these arms.”


UNIDIR report on end-use controls draws extensively on ISACS guidance

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“This study responds to the various international calls to explore opportunities for greater harmonisation of end use/r control systems, with particular regard to end use/r documentation, in order to strengthen efforts to prevent diversion of conventional arms. […]”

This study offers a number of options for States to have a meaningful dialogue on potential areas for cooperation, shared understanding and possible alignment of measures to enhance common understanding and strengthen end use/r control systems to address conventional arms diversion.”


ISACS supports 2nd UNIDIR consultative process on weapons and ammunition management in Somalia

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The ISACS Inter-Agency Suppot Unit supported the second UNIDIR consultative meeting on arms and ammunition management held in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 7-11 February 2016.  

UNIDIR organised the consultation jointly with the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS), with support from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia


RASR initiative cites ISACS on playing cards

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“The Regional Approach to Stockpile Reduction (RASR) is a long-term, coordinated, regional approach to address the threats posed by excess, unstable, loosely secured or otherwise at-risk stockpiles of conventional weapons and munitions in South East Europe.” (www.rasrinitiative.org)