Notable Quotes

The International Small Arms Control Standards contribute directly to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations

“The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects and assistance to States for curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and collecting them: Report of the Secretary-General" (A/72/122)

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The Problem

Small arms and light weapons claim more victims each year than any other kind of weapon.  Small arms are used in almost half of all violent deaths worldwide. Nearly 200,000 people die every year as a result of gunshot wounds and countless others suffer indirect effects . Many weapons find their way into the hands of perpetrators through illicit channels, helped by inadequate (or inadequately enforced) laws and weak control mechanisms at national and local levels.  

The International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) provide practical guidance on putting in place effective national controls over the full lifecycle of small arms and light weapons—from manufacture and marking, through international transfer and storage, to collection and destruction—thereby helping to prevent illicit flows of the real weapons of mass destruction. 

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Introductory Presentations

Introduction to ISACS


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