UNOPS requires familiarity with ISACS for jobs in DRC


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.  

UNREC seeks expert to help set national standards based on ISACS in the Sahel


UNODA’s Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) is recruiting an expert on physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) for its project on “Physical security and stockpile management activities to reduce the risk of illicit trade in small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition in the Sahel region.”  

UNODC, West African States address ISACS role in strengthening stockpile management

Simonetta Grassi of UNODC at the Abidjan workshop

ABIDJAN, 29-30 September 2015 — The UNODC Global Firearms Programme organised in Cote d’Ivoire a regional workshop for West African States on “Synergies and Complementarities between the Arms Trade Treaty, the UN Firearms Protocol, the UN Programme of Action, the ECOWAS Convention, and other instruments relevant to arms control.”  

ISACS Assessment Tool downloaded by 98 organizations in 54 countries

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Our ‘ISACS in the World’ map has been updated to show where and by  whom the ISACS Assessment Tool has been downloaded around the world.  As of today, the ISACS-AT has been downloaded by at least 98 organizations operating in 54 Countries.  The ISACS Assessment Tool can be downloaded free of charge from here

ATT Implementation Toolkit by UNODA draws on ISACS for key definitions

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The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) has produced an Implementation Toolkit to assist States in acceding to an implemeting the provisons of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).  

On the important question of definitions—for example of “brokering,” “transit,” “transshipment”—the Toolkit draws on definitions provided in ISACS Module 01.20 (Glossary) and refers users to relevant ISACS modules for further guidance.  

ISACS now used in 77 countries around the world

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A new feature on the ISACS website, created by super-intern Iris Karaman, maps where, how and by whom ISACS are being used around the world.  The current count is 77 countries and the trend is upwards.  


Germany, MAG, strengthen stockpile management in Somalia with ISACS, IATG



The Federal Foreign Office is supporting the construction in Somlaia of secure weapons and ammunition depots by the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) .  These depots are designed to prevent dangerous materials from falling into the wrong hands . For this purpose, the training of security forces to guard these depots in the futre will also be funded.

New Sustainable Development Goals aim to reduce illicit arms flows by 2030


“Factors which give rise to violence, insecurity and injustice, such as inequality, corruption, poor governance and illicit financial and arms flows, are addressed in the Agenda. "

Goal 16. 

“Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

Guide for Pacific Governments makes extensive use of ISACS

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Arms and Ammunition in Oceania: A guide for Pacific Governments

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PSAAG [the Pacific Small Arms Action Group] encourages widespread Pacific implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects (UNPoA), the Nadi Framework for the regulation of firearms in the Pacific, and universalisation of the legally binding UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). …

UNLIREC uses ISACS to strengthen oversight of Private Security Sector in El Salvador


"This workshop forms part of a recently launched project entitled ‘Strengthening Oversight and Building Capacities for Small Arms Control and Non-proliferation in the Private Security Sector’, which is financed by the Federal Republic of Germany. One of the main goals of this project implemented in association with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) - is to promote internationally accepted standards, good practices, and initiatives, such as the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC) and the United Nations International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).”

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


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


"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.

ISACS features prominently in Secretary-General’s report to General Assembly



"International Small Arms Control Standards

"38. Under the leadership of Office for Disarmament Affairs and UNDP, 23 entities within the Organization’s internal Coordinating Action on Small Arms mechanism are working with leading experts worldwide to develop and implement International Small Arms Control Standards to provide practical guidance on translating global norms and commitments regarding the regulation of small arms into concrete action at the national level. …

Human Rights Council adopts resolution on civilian firearms


GENEVA, 22 July 2015 — The Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on, “Human rights and the regulation of civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms.”  In it, the Council: “Reiterates its deep concern at the fact that hundreds of thousands of human beings of all ages around the world, including women and children, have lost their lives or suffered injuries and psychological harm by the misuse of firearms by civilians, thus having their human rights, in particular their right to life and security of person, negatively affected.”  

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


"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


"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


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 uses ISACS to inform efforts against organsed cattle-raiding in Madagascar 

A recent problem confronting the south of Madagascar is large-scale, organised cattle raiding by armed groups, in which cattle raiders (Dahalo), organise themselves into bands of tens of men armed with weapons (including automatic rifles) to carry out raids on rural communities in order to steal large numbers of cattle (

UNDP Rule of Law report sets out accomplishments of ISACS

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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


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


"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. …