ISACS News


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.


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. …


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. …


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. 


ISACS featured in 'Diplomat’s Guide’

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This revised Handbook by the Small Arms Survey is designed to assist and inform policy-makers who are new to  small arms on the international agenda. 

Entry on ISACS:

"In collaboration with partners worldwide, the United Nations has elaborated International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) to streamline policy- making, programming, and practice on small arms and light weapons control across the more than 20 UN entities that make up the Coordinating Action on Small Arms, or CASA, mechanism.


UNLIREC seeks Advisers with ISACS experience

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In a “Long-term Agreement for On-call Stockpile Management and Destruction Advisers,” the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) states that, “All UNLIREC assistance is developed taking into account the UN International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS)” and prefers candidates with experience of working with ISACS.


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. …


ISACS guide UNMAS programmes

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"UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is the focal point for mine action in the UN system. It is responsible for ensuring an effective, proactive and coordinated UN response to landmines and explosive remnants of war. UNMAS has wide-ranging global expertise in implementing Weapon, Ammunition and Stockpile Management (WASM) projects in accordance with the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines and the International Small Arms Control Standards. …


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.