ISACS News


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. …


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.  …


Civil society coalition promotes use of ISACS in Pacific

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The Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) coordinates civil society initiatives to reduce the deadly impact of small arms and light weapons in the Pacific region.  PSAAG facilitates Pacific implementation of the UN Programme of Action on small arms and promotes activation of the Arms Trade Treaty. 


Report: ISACS could help regulate 'floating armouries'

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"At present, there is no international body that regulates or evaluates the security of floating armouries. Potential bodies, such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), could implement regulations and standards such as the International Small Arms Control Standards, which provide guidelines on stockpile management of weapons that may be applicable to floating armouries. …


ISACS guides EU funded suport to stockpile management in the Sahel

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The European Union has contributed over Euro 3.5m (USD 4.4m) to a 3-year project led by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs’ (UNODA) Regional Centre for Peace & Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) to strengthen the physical security and stockpile management of small arms, light weapons and their ammunition in the Sahel region.  


Report on small arms trafficking in West Africa bases recommendations on ISACS

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A report commissioned by the UN Regional Centre for Peace & Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on trafficking in factory-produced and craft-produced small arms between Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria bases a number of its recommendations on guidance provided by ISACS, in particular its modules on


UNIDIR completes 5th regional training on ISACS Assessment Tool in the Pacific

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP), the UNDP Pacific Centre and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific


At INTERPOL Advisory Group, ISACS recognised for contributions to iARMS

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LYON, FRANCE — The Coordinator of the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit, Patrick Mc Carthy, participated in the 5th iARMS Advisory Group Meeting on 25 November 2014 at INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon.  

The INTERPOL Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System (iARMS) is a "state-of-the art tool that facilitates information exchange and investigative cooperation between law enforcement agencies in relation to the international movement of illicit firearms, as well as licit firearms that have been involved in the commission of a crime.”  …


Symposium considers how ISACS support MSAG's work on stockpile management

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OTTAWA, CANADA — The Strategic Joint Staff of the Canadian Armed Forces hosted the bi-annual sysmposium of the Multinational Small Arms and Ammuniiton Group (MSAG) in Canada’s capital on 18-21 November 2014.  

MSAG is an apolitical, informal, multinational platform of Armed Forces Verification Centres (currently drawn from OSCE countries) that exchange best practices and coordinate international assistance on the physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of conventional arms and ammunition.  


UNIDIR Presents ISACS & its Assessment Tool to SALW Commissions from South East Europe

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PRISTINA, KOSOVO — The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) held the 3rd Formal Regional Meeting of Small Arms and Light Weapons Commissions on 28-29 October 2014 in Pristina, Kosovo*. The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)


ISACS featured in INTERPOL Firearms Programme newsletter

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Issue 2 of INTERPOL’s Firearms Programme Newsletter (October 2014) contains the following article on ISACS:

International Standards on Small Arms Control promote the use of INTERPOL resources

In 2012, the United Nations developed International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) which provide practical guidance to policy-makers and practitioners on putting in place effective controls on small arms and light weapons.  …


UNODA/UNREC trains Togolese Armed Forces on marking & recording small arms in line with ISACS

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"The National Commission Against the Proliferation, Circulation and Illicit Trafficking of SALW in Togo (CNLPAL), in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), through its Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) – and with the financial support of German Federal Republic – [organized] in Lomé, from 9-11 October, a training workshop for defence and security forces on marking and registration of small arms and light weapons (SALW). …


UNIDIR completes 4th regional ISACS Assessment Tool training in Africa

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EMBAKASI, NAIROBI, 25 SEPTEMBER 2014 — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), the UN Regional Centre for Peace & Disarmament in Africa


UNMAS & MINUSTAH use ISACS to build capacity of police in Haiti

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"in 2014, as part of its police development plan, MINUSTAH [the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti] asked UNMAS [the UN Mine Action Service] to support a pilot project on weapons and ammunition management in support of the Haitian National Police (HNP).

The project was designed to increase technical efficiency and to implement international ammunition and weapons management standards. …


Awareness, registration & collection campaign in Bosnia & Herzegovina implemented in line with ISACS

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"It is estimated that there are still 750,000 illicit weapons in Bosnia and Herzegovina, presenting continuous threat to safety of all citizens. Illegal weapons alone have been a factor in more than 10,000 deaths since the end of the war.

In order to fight this problem, the Small Arms and Light Weapons Awareness, Registration, and Collection Campaign conducted awareness raising activities in communities throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. …


3rd UNIDIR regional ISACS Assessment Tool training conducted in the Caribbean

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PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit — in cooperation with the Caribben Community Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (CARICOM IMPACS) — held the third regional training-of-trainers workshop on the 


UNIDIR conducts 2nd ISACS Assessment Tool training in Latin America

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LIMA, PERU — The UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)— in cooperation with the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) — held the second regional training-of-trainers workshop on the ISACS Assessment Tool on 19-20 August 2014 at the UN Office in Lima, Peru.


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