ISACS News


EU calls for promotion and implementation of ISACS

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“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: […] 

  • Promotion and implementation of standards and best practices for the handling of small arms (International Small Arms Control Standards - ISACS)” […]


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.


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.


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)


UNLIREC helps Peru and El Salvador strengthen stockpile management by private security companies, using ISACS

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"In collaboration with the national directorate for the control of security services, firearms, ammunition and explosives (SUCAMEC), UNLIREC has promoted protocols, procedures and good practices in small arms and ammunition management in the private security sector, in line with the United Nations International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC). …


Amnesty International report on arming ISIS calls on States to bolster SALW controls with help of ISACS

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“…states must adhere to international obligations to prevent the proliferation of conventional arms by fully implementing the Arms Trade Treaty and other arms control standards including the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, the UN Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition and related guidance contained in the International Small Arms Control Standards.”


EU to develop firearms tracing handbook based on ISACS

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"The Commission will moreover continue to fully support the European Firearms Experts Group's activities to develop a handbook for tracking and tracing illegal firearms. Building upon the International Tracing Instrument and the international best practices developed by the United Nations International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), this manual will be disseminated to all Member States' law enforcement authorities. …


UNRCPD draws on ISACS to build capacity on small arms control in the Philippines

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“UNRCPD [United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific] together with the Government of the Philippines jointly organized a workshop on capacity-building for the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects, held in Manila, on 25-26 November 2015. …


UNOPS requires familiarity with ISACS for jobs in DRC

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The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is advertising to fill two positions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)—a National Operations Associate in Kinshasa and an Associate Weapons and Ammunition Management Officer in Goma.  

Both posts require familiarity with ISACS.  

The application deadline for both positions is 17 November 2015.  


Legal commentary on Arms Trade Treaty references ISACS

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A new legal commentary on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) published by the Larcier Group in Ghent, Belgium, makes a number of references to ISACS in explaining the provisions of the treaty, in particular its Article 2 (Scope) and Article 12 (record keeping).  

The chapter on recordkeeping in particular draws extensively from


ISACS supports UNIDIR initiative on end-user controls

"On Tuesday 28 October the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) hosted a workshop on end-use/r controls, called “Initiating a global dialogue on strengthening end use/r control systems: Can harmonization help tackle arms diversion?”. UNIDIR is conducting an ongoing research project


UNIDIR developing new tool to help apply ISACS, IATG in conflict-affected settings

UNIDIR has already developed the ISACS Assessment Tool (ISACS-AT), which allows governments to compare their existing small arms controls with international standards in order to identify any gaps that may exist and prioritise actions to fill them.  Using the ISACS-AT also allows governments to track their implementation of relevant global instruments, including the UN Programme of Action and the International Tracing Instrument.  


UNDP trains Kosovo law enforcement on stockpile management in accordance with ISACS

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"Alain E. Lapon, UNDP FERM Project Manager emphases during the workshop that “Based on the ISACS (International Small Arms Control Standards) the effective and efficient management of weapon stockpiles is, therefore, an essential element of any small arms and light weapons control programme, since it reduces the risk of loss and theft of weapons (and, thereby, their illicit proliferation), and can be used to identify obsolete and/or surplus weapons, as well as future procurement requirements”. …