ISACS News


ISACS ‘Glossary,’ ‘Collection’ and ‘Destruction’ modules translated into French

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French Translations of ISACS Modules

01.20 (Glossary of terms, definitions and abbreviations);
05.40 (Collection of illicit and unwanted small arms and light weapons); and
05.50 (Destruction: Weapons)

are now available on the website.  


UNDP awareness-raising campaign in Bosnia & Herzegovina guided by ISACS

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"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina invites non-governmental organisations (NGO) from the entire BiH, to participate in raising of awareness and creating space for open dialogue on dangers of small arms and light weapons.

"These activities will focus on building representatives of the campaign who will be educated and inspired to keep on building and sharing gained knowledge.


New ISACS module on regulating civilian access to small arms

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The latest in the series of ISACS modules — ISACS 03.30, National regulation of civilian access to small arms and light weapons — is now available for download from the ISACS website.



UNRCPD uses ISACS to assist Bangladesh to strengthen national small arms controls

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"Adopted in 2001, the Programme of Action has proven a useful tool to counter the illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons.  The Programme contains provisions on stockpile management, marking, record-keeping and other related areas that were further elaborated by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs [together with UN CASA Partners] in the International Small Arms Control Standards.  …


UNLIREC project on Private Security Companies in Peru based on ISACS, ICoC

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"On 18 June 2015, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) presented its new project entitled ‘Strengthening Oversight and Building Capacities for Small Arms Control and Non-proliferation in the Private Security Sector’. …


ISACS guidance provides sound foundation for marking polymer frames & receivers — Small Arms Survey

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EXCERPT FROM “Behind the Curve: New Technologies, New Control Challenges” (Geneva: Small Arms Survey, 2015):

Providing guidance: the International Small Arms Control Standards

The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), produced by the United Nations  Coordinating Action on Small Arms (UN CASA) mechanism in collaboration with a broad  and diverse group of experts and organizations, address the issue of polymer frames and  receivers.  …


UNDP Rule of Law report sets out accomplishments of ISACS

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Excerpt from “STRENGTHENING THE RULE OF LAW IN CRISIS-AFFECTED AND FRAGILE SITUATIONS: Global Programme Annual Report 2014


INTERNATIONAL SMALL ARMS CONTROL STANDARDS

About half of all homicides worldwide are committed with small arms, which translates into almost 230,000 deaths per year.


UN Security Council reiterates support for ISACS, welcomes conduct of embargo assessment missions

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NEW YORK, USA — On 22 May 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2220, its second resolution dedicated exclusively to the issue of small arms and light weapons:

Recognizing the value of effective physical security and management of stockpiles of small arms, light weapons and ammunition as an important means to prevent the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, in accordance with global and regional standards, including through the application of voluntary guidelines, such as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) developed under the UN SaferGuard programme, and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) in arms and ammunition stockpile management practices, […]


Switzerland supports standardized approach to small arms life-cycle management in UN peace operations

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"On the supply side, life-cycle management of government owned weapons and ammunition should be improved. In this regard, existing instruments such as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) can play an important role. …


At Security Council debate on small arms, UN Secretary-General encourages use of UN standards 

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“…we need further measures to combat the proliferation of illicit weapons.  States must enforce arms embargoes and strengthen United Nations missions tasked with arms and ammunition identification, record-keeping, tracing and stockpile management.  States contributing troops and police can assist by deploying personnel with the relevant expertise.


UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, UNDP Administrator call for widespread use of ISACS

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FROM THE JOINT FOREWORD TO THE 2013-14 ISACS RESULTS REPORT by UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark (l), and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane (r):

The illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons continue to fuel armed violence in conflict-affected, post-conflict and other fragile settings around the world.


UNLIREC & UNDP base training on stockpile management in Honduras on ISACS

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"The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), conducted a training session in Tegucigalpa through a training workshop on Best International Practices and Standards on Stockpile Management from 27_ 28 April 2015.


UN Secretary-General outlines how ISACS have helped with Somalia arms embargo

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"Lack of sufficient capacity constitutes a key challenge for many States in the effective monitoring and enforcement of arms embargoes. For instance, with regard to Somalia, my assessment in March 2014 found a limited capacity of the Government to adequately respond to notification requirements in connection with the partial lifting of the arms embargo on the Government (see S/2014/243). …


UN Secretary-General stresses importance of ISACS to achieving success in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia

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"44. The International Small Arms Control Standards, developed by the United Nations, provide guidance on establishing effective national controls over the full life cycle of small arms and light weapons. The International Small Arms Control Standards translate into practice the objectives of the key global agreements and international law aimed at preventing the illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. …


UNIDIR initiative on harmonizing end-user controls draws on ISACS

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"The ISACS module 03.21 on end use/r control is to be distinguished from the other efforts because its development involved not only officials from European and North American states, but drew primarily upon regional organization and export control regime good practice guidelines. It is also the result of engagement with states that have not thus far contributed to the development of good practice guidelines and documentation for strengthening and harmonizing end use/r control systems.”



UNLIREC builds capacity on stockpile management in the Dominican Republic

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"The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) conducted a training workshop on Best International Stockpile Management Practices and Standards in Santo Domingo from 22-23 April 2015.

"The objective of this technical workshop was to provide specialized knowledge to government institutions with responsibilities in management and protection of firearms and ammunition. …


UNODC Global Firearms Programme contributes to and uses ISACS

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“UNODC has also actively supported and contributed to the development of International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), standardized legislative and regulatory modules developed by the United Nations inter-agency Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) to which UNODC belongs to. …


UNREC uses ISACS to assist Togo with election preparation

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“On 26 March 2015, the Director of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Marco Kalbusch, and the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Togo (OHCHR), Olatokunbo Ige , handed over the “Guide for security forces on maintaining order in electoral processes” to Togolese authorities. …


UNOPS Vacancy Announcement requires knowledge of ISACS

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“ Functional Responsibilities

"Sous la responsabilité générale du Chef de Programme et la supervision du Chef des Opérations, l’ Associate Spécialiste des Opérations aura pour responsabilités de : […]

  • "Connaitre les standards internationaux de lutte anti mine (NILAM ; IATG (International Amunition Technical Guidelines) & ISACS (International Small Arms Control Standards)) et s’assurer que les procédures opérationnelles standards sont en conformité avec les standards internationaux et qu’elles permettent le déroulement sûr et efficace des opérations ;"



ISACS is “the thread that connects” successful SALW collection & destruction campaigns in Argentina and BiH

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“On March 6-7, UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina and the World Future Council (WFC) organized a conference and weapons destruction event for representatives of government, police authorities and civil society from Argentina and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to exchange their experiences in addressing small arms issues. …


Chatham House documents ATT’s influence on ISACS

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"In the past ten years many more instruments, supporting documents, good-practice guidelines, and research and policy outputs have addressed SALW and the illicit trade in such weapons. One notable example is the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). These voluntary international standards, developed within the framework of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms (UN CASA), offer guidance on developing and maintaining effective controls throughout the SALW life cycle, including trade-related controls covered by the ATT. …


UNDP Nepal uses ISACS to help Government assess small arms stocks

Following the successful completion of the second Constituent Assembly Elections in November 2013, building on the accomplished peace milestones, like the integration of the former combatants and clearing known minefields, as Nepal moves ahead to consolidate peace and development gains, the task of violence prevention and strengthening community security in a selection of districts, identified as “hotspots” demands due attention. …


UNILIREC builds capacity on stockpile management in Guatemala using ISACS 

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"UNLIREC, in cooperation with the Institute of Education for the Sustainable Development (IEPADES), carried out a training workshop on best practices and international standards in stockpile management from 18-19 February 2015 in Guatemala City.

“With the aim of improving technical skills of operative personnel from various national institutions, UNLIREC trained 28 officials on the implementation of the United Nations International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) on stockpile management and weapons and ammunition storage.”



UNIDIR presents ISACS, Assessment Tool, at international meeting on mine action

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — International Small Arms Control Standards may not seem, at first glance, to be a relevant topic of discussion for mine action professionals.  In reality, however, organisations that address the devastating legacy of mines and other explosive remnanents of war come face-to-face on a daily basis with illicit, abandoned and surplus small arms and light weapons.  …


ISACS informs Small Arms Survey Briefing paper on stockpile management

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"While there is no internationally agreed definition of ‘stockpile man- agement’ with respect to small arms and light weapons, the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) describes the term as follows:

Stockpile management of weapons is the term used to describe those procedures and activities that are necessary for the safe and secure accounting, storage, transporta- tion and handling of small arms and light weapons. …