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UN Partners use ISACS to help Somalia control imported arms

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The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the UN Department of Political Affairs (UNDPA) and the UN Somalia-Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) conducted a joint mission to Mogadishu last week to assess the Federal Governments needs in relation to

UNREC uses ISACS to help Côte d’Ivoire develop national standards on stockpile management

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"the National Commission developed the manual of procedures and training tools on physical security and stockpile management in accordance with the International Small Arms Control Standards and International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, with support from UNREC and funding from the Government of Japan through UNDP.  …

ISACS supports UNSOM, UNMAS, UNIDIR to train Somali Security Services in arms management

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"Mogadishu, 22 January 2014 – Senior Somali security officers and their armoury storekeepers have received training in weapons monitoring and stockpile management over a two-day workshop in the capital, Mogadishu.

The workshop, organized by the Federal Government of Somalia and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), and the UN Development Programme, follows the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2093 (2013), which partially lifted a 20-year-old arms embargo on Somalia in order to strengthen the FGS’ capacity to combat insurgents and protect the Somali people."

UNDP draws on ISACS to convert weapons to windmills in Bosnia & Herzegovina

"At the end of 2013, over 1,500 small arms and light weapons were destroyed – helping to wash away some of the stain on the country’s history. Choose Life Without Weapons, a campaign funded by the UK Government and guided by the International Small Arms Standards, collected weapons from different areas around the nation."

UNLIREC, UNDP draw on ISACS to advise Guatemala, Bosnia & Herzegovina on weapons amnesty legislation

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"19 November 2013, the Government of Guatemala and UNLIREC organized a one-day legal seminar on small arms control in Guatemala City. […] The seminar was organized to present and disseminate UNLIREC’s legal analysis and recommendations on two bills of law proposed by the Government [one of which is] to address... the creation of a legal and policy framework for an eventual voluntary firearms amnesty campaign in the country. […] the bill for a weapons amnesty drew heavily on

UN Task Force on Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking guided by ISACS

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The UN System Task Force on Transnational Organized Crime and Drug Trafficking as Threats to Security and Stability is an inter-agency mechanism that supports the work of the Secretary-General and the UN System in responding to these threats.  The Task Force has developed a set of "Key Messages" for use by the Secretary-General and other senior UN officials speaking out on the issue.  …

Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) commited to using ISACS in its assessment work

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The Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG) is an apolitical, informal, multinational platform of States that exchange best practices and coordinate international assistance in the field of small arms and light weapons and conventional ammunition Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM).  

ISACS Support Unit contributes to KAIPTC “SALW Foundation Course"

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ACCRA, GHANA — The ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit today delivered a training on the International Small Arms Control Standards to participants in the “SALW Foundation Course” offered by the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC).  

Working with its partners, the KAIPTC undertakes and delivers research and training programmes that contribute to global peacekeeping operations. …

UNLIREC and Trinidad & Tobago train Caribbean armourers on stockpile management, using SOPs based on ISACS

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"During the second week of the course, as part and parcel of stockpile management best practices, participants were also trained in planning and operations to carry out periodic weapons destruction. 122 confiscated and obsolete weapons from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service were destroyed and documented in accordance with UNLIREC's standard operating procedures, which are based on UN International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). …

Consulting company uses ISACS to evaluate programmes in Africa, Caribbean, Pacific

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EPES Mandala Consulting — a British company specialising in evaluating and monitoring policies, programmes and cooperation projects financed by international institutions — provided the following testimonial:

"ISACS has proved to be a valuable resource/tool for ‘monitoring and evaluating’ EU sponsored programs on ‘community safety’ in African, Caribbean, Pacific (ACP) countries. …

Finland expresses support for ISACS and its Software Tool

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"Finland considers UN's International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) valuable as they provide clear, practical and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers on controls of small arms and light weapons. Finland among others contributed to development by UNIDIR of tools for better implementation of the ISACS.”

UNLIREC Standard Operating Procedures on small arms destruction based on ISACS

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"From 21 to 26 October 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Defense of Suriname, supported the destruction of close to 700 surplus and obsolete weapons and 0.2 tonnes of small arms ammunition. …

EU Commission considers binding rules on tracing firearms, building on ISACS

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"At present it is unclear whether Member States authorities are equipped to investigate systematically the origin of all weapons they recover or confiscate; the EU should help them to do so, through evaluating the existing tracing manual and the obstacles to its implementation. The Commission will consider the necessity of binding rules in this area, building on the International Tracing Instrument and the international best practices developed by the United Nation's International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).”  

UNIDIR completes testing of ISACS software tool in 9 countries

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The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has completed the testing of the prototype ISACS software tool in 9 countries — Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan and Trinidad & Tobago.

ISACS modules used during the field-testing included those providing practical guidance on the

UNDP supports Kosovo police to destroy 1,315 weapons in accordance with ISACS

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"UNDP’s representative, Mr. Chris Decker, said that the event was a significant result of the five year support that UNDP has been providing to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kosovo Police in the field of small arms and light weapons control. “UNDP remains committed to further assist Kosovo stakeholders in the fight against armed violence”, said Mr. …

High Representative's opening statement to General Assembly 1st Committee cites ISACS

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"We have also focused our efforts on building up the technical skills of government officials. For example, we conducted numerous workshops across Latin America and the Caribbean in stockpile management and small arms and ammunition destruction. These were based on the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines mandated by the General Assembly, as well as the International Small Arms Control Standards."

Security Council resolution encourages application of ISACS

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On 26 September 2013, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2117 (2013), its first-ever resolution dedicated exclusively to the issue of small arms and light weapons.  The preamble of the resolution makes reference to ISACS:

"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"

UN Development Group commits to apply ISACS

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"Over the past five years, 23 UN agencies—led by UNODA and UNDP—have been working to develop and apply International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), which provide clear, practical guidance on putting in place effective controls over the full life-cycle of small arms and light weapons — including controls over their international transfer (www.smallarmsstandards.org). …

Bosnia & Herzegovina collection programme uses ISACS

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"As of today the cantons of Sarajevo, Central Bosnia, Tuzla, Zenica-Doboj and Canton 10 have launched a campaign to collect illegal weapons and explosive ordnances “Choose Life without Weapons”. The campaign, which is already being implemented in Republika Srpska and Brčko District of BiH, aims to make the lives of citizens safer through surrender of illegal weapons. …

Nepal and UNDP host first training workshop based on ISACS

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On 2-6 September 2013, the Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Nepal hosted a training workshop on ISACS for MoHA officials and senior officers from the Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force, the National Investigation Deprartment and the Immigration Office.  

SG's report to Security Council contains recommendations on ISACS

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"I encourage all Member States to make every effort to secure arms and ammunition stockpiles from diversion. I encourage the Security Council to ensure that peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions are mandated to assist host countries in their stockpile management. Existing standards such the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines developed under the “SaferGuard” programme and the International Small Arms Control Standards should be fully utilized in arms and ammunition stockpile management practices. …

DPKO & UNODA partner to develop tools based on IATG, ISACS

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"35.  […] a partnership of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Office for Disarmament Affairs on arms embargo monitoring has assisted the United Nations police, UNOCI [United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire] and UNMIL [United Nations Mission in Liberia] with the provision of practical tools and training in line with international standards — International Ammunition Technical Guidelines and International Small Arms Control Standards."

Germany promotes development and application of ISACS

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"After four years of work on their development, the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) were presented in August 2012 during the second Review Conference on the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Up to 300 experts, including some Germans, were involved in developing this compendium for small arms control. …

UNODC draws on ISACS to develop firearms training curriculum for criminal justice practitioners 

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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as part of its Global Firearms Programme, is developing a training curriculum on firearms for criminal justice practitioners.  On 16-19 July 2013, UNODC hosted an expert meeting in Vienna to review outlines of the training modules, which, in addition to the Firearms Protocol to the UN Convention Against Transnaitonal Organized Crime, use ISACS as a key reference point.  

SG's report to General Assembly provides update on ISACS

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[Excerpt from the report]

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20. On 29 August 2012, on the margins of the second Small Arms Review Conference, the United Nations launched the International Small Arms Control Standards following an intensive development process involving partners worldwide. …