ISACS News


WCO promotes application of ISACS

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In a new Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA), the World Customs Organisation (WCO) says that it “promotes and encourages the application of UN ISACS and IATG standards / guidelines in the field of small arms control / ammunition management with its Members…”  


ISACS Assessment Tool downloaded by 134 organisations in 54 countries

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The interactive ISACS world map, showing where, how and by whom ISACS are being used around the world, has been viewed almost 2,000 times.  


At the end of 2016, the ISACS Assessment Tool has been downloaded by 134 organisations spanning 54 countries.  

Developed by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research


ISACS supports UNRCPD in building capacity on small arms control in Cambodia 

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Cambodian Secretary of State Sieng Lapresse (right), former EU-ASAC Coordinator David de Beer (middle) and ISACS Coordinator Patrick Mc Carthy (left) at the UNRCPD workshop in Phnom Penh.

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On 7-8 December 2016, the ISACS Coordinator participated in a workshop in Phnom Penh on “


SEESAC trains five SEE Ministries of Defence on ISACS-based PSSM 

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Participants in the Podgorica training organised by SEESAC

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“SEESAC [organised] a Regional Course on Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition on 14 – 18 November 2016 in Podgorica, Montenegro.  Funded by the European Union, the course [was] held for 18 participants from Ministries of Defence (MoDs) of


ISACS helps UNREC build PSSM capacity of Sahel States

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Participants in the ISACS training in Lomé, Togo, complete a simulation exercise using the ISACS Assessment Tool.

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On 15-17 November 2016, the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit contributed to a conference in Lomé, Togo, on strengthening arms and ammunition physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) in 6 countries in the Sahel region — 


ISACS supports development of INTERPOL’s firearms tracing system - iARMS

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Participants in the 3rd INTERPOL Working Group on iARMS at INTERPOL Headquarters in Lyon, France.

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On 2-3 November 2016, the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit participated in the 3rd meeting of the INTERPOL Working Group on iARMS (Illicit Arms Records and tracing Management System


BICC training in Mali introduces ISACS guidance on PSSM

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Participants in the Bamako training on PSSM

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“From 19 to 21 October 2016, 19 mid-level management representatives from the Malian Ministries of the Environment, Justice, Defense, Economy, Interior and the military general staff as well as from the National Commission to Combat the Proliferation of Light Weapons (CNLPAL) attended a three-day workshop on good practices and international standards in physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of small arms and light weapons and ammunition.


SEESAC PSSM training in Albania based on ISACS

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"Funded by the European Union and upon request of the Ministry of Interior of Albania (MoI), UNDP SEESAC [held] a week long course in Armament and Ammunition Physical Security and Stockpile Management (PSSM) from 17 – 21 October, in Tirana, Albania.

"The goal of the PSSM course [was] to improve the knowledge and increase capacities of the Albania’s MoI and police service personnel in charge of managing and safeguarding stockpiles of small arms and light weapons (SALW) and their ammunition. …


ISACS Assists UNDP in implementation of ECOWAS-EU small arms project in West Africa 

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A participant (left) receives her ISACS certificate from Madame Halima Ahmed, ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (right) and H.E. Ms. Tiina Intelmann, EU Ambassador to Liberia (middle).

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On 17-20 October 2016, the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit helped to b


African Union considers ISACS as basis of Continent-wide training on stockpile management

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...the main objectives of this meeting can be envisaged in three main points. The First is centered on assessing the types of PSSM courses that are currently being provided by different agencies. This assessment will help us identify the minimum modules that each course identified should contain. …


UNDP / SEESAC builds capacity of Bosnia and Herzegovina on stockpile management

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“Mr. Ermin Pešto, Assistant to Minister of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina addressed the participants during the certification ceremony and said: 'We are delighted to know that during this course, participants from the police services and Ministry of Security BiH, aside of national procedures, had an opportunity to get familiar with the standards and procedures of physical security and stockpile management in accordance to


Secretary-General’s report on SALW makes extensive reference to ISACS

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Excerpts from: The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General (A/71/438–A/CONF.192/BMS/2016/1 of 4 October 2016)


“26. Solid advances were made with regard to the consistency and comprehensiveness of United Nations support for the full life-cycle management of small arms and light weapons. …


UNREC integrates ISACS into Technical Assistance, Capacity Building

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Excerpt from the “What We Do” webpage of the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa

Technical Assistance

UNREC provides technical assistance to African States and regional economic communities (RECs) in increasing control over, reducing the risk of diversion and combatting illicit trafficking of SALW and their ammunition, as well as fostering non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). …


UNOPS Advisor job requres experience with ISACS

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Competencies include:

  • "Experience in construction in conformity with international standards ISO 9001,14001, OHSAS18001, International Small Arms Control Standards”


JOB DESCRIPTION — Regional Infrastructure Advisor


In Nigeria, IANSA Women’s Network puts ISACS at basis of advocacy 

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Advocacy Strategy

"Control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in Nigeria through sustained advocacy for the full implementation of International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).”  

READ MORE — IANSA Women’s Network, Nigeria


UNLIREC, DCAF use ISACS to build arms management capacity of private security sector in Costa Rica

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“ The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), launched its project aimed to strengthen capacities for effective and transparent management of small arms and ammunition within the private security sector (PSS). …


UNDP uses ISACS to help countries curb proliferation of SALW, reduce armed violence

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"In many cases, UNDP’s efforts to curb the proliferation and availability of small arms and light weapons utilize tools such as the International Small Arms Control Standards (UNDP is part of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms). Through the Global Focal Point arrangement, UNDP works closely with UNPOL, UNODC and other UN system actors on armed violence reduction.”


Training toolkits for PoA, ATT draw on ISACS guidance

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The Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG) has launched modular Training Toolkits for both the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Programme of Action (PoA) against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.   

Supported by the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation


ATT implementation handbook draws extensively on ISACS

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The Geneva-based Small Arms Survey has published a practical guide to national implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that draws extensively on guidance provided by a number of ISACS modules, including ISACS 03.20 (national controls over the international transfer of SALW) and


UNDP implements ISACS in Bosnia & Herzegovina

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"When we accept that every life is value worth protecting, it becomes difficult to accept the enabling of general violence, crime and terror that results from a failure of reasonably expected prevention. We also further refuse to accept this violence to create an environment of fear and insecurity. …


RECSA trains security officials from Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya on ISACS-based stockpile management

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"Officers from different security organs in [Rwanda] are undergoing training on physical security and stockpiles management (PSSM), in a five-day training organised by Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA).

"The training brought together 15 officers from Rwanda Defence Forces, 12 from Rwanda National Police and three from Rwanda Correctional Service.


Secretary-General’s report on Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) cites role for ISACS

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"Member States should provide the necessary support to relevant international and regional organizations to strengthen implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (A/CONF.192/15, chap. …


UNLIREC helps Peru safely store small arms used by private security companies

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“This renovated depot keeps arms and ammunition for civilian use in temporary custody, particularly those belonging to private security companies. A total of 16 clauses of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and 12 clauses of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs) were incorporated into the redesign and remodelling of the depot, thus allowing for improvements in the physical security, access control, and storage, registration and record-keeping management of the arms and ammunition. …


ISACS serves the UN System and helps clear a path to achievement of SDG16

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Excerpt from UNDP’s report on “Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations 

INTERNATIONAL SMALL ARMS CONTROL STANDARDS

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In 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon observed that “countries suffering from sustained levels of armed conflict or violence are also those furthest from reaching their Millennium Development Goal targets. …


At BMS6, States unanimously reaffirm link between illicit small arms trade and underdevelopment

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NEW YORK, USA — The 6th Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6) to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons came to close on June 10 with consensus agreement by all UN Member States that preventing the illicit small arms trade is vital to achieving sustainable human development.