ISACS News

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.  …

ISACS informs Central African strategy to counter terrorism and arms trafficking

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BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI — Senior customs, immigration and border officials from 10 Central African States* gathered in Burundi’s capital on April 22-24 to take a step towards developing an integrated strategy to counter terrorism and arms trafficking in Central Africa.  

The workshop on “Border Controls and Small Arms & Light Weapons” was convened jointly by the

UN Partners use ISACS to help Somalia control imported arms

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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — 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 Government

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."

ISACS and 'Smart Weapon Technology'

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The Bonn International Centre for Conversion has published BICC brief 49 on “Smart Technology in SALW Control–Civilian Protection, the UN-PoA, and Transfer Control (SmartCon).”  

The brief contains most of the papers presented at SmartCon 2013 in Berlin in June, which was sponsored by the German Federal Foreign Office. 

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