Welcome to ISACS

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Governments are encouraged to conduct a self-assessment of their national small arms controls, and pinpoint areas that may be in need of strengthening. For such an exercise, an ISACS assessment tool is available

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General (2016)

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The Problem

Small arms in the wrong hands destroy lives and livelihoods, impede peace efforts, hinder humanitarian aid, facilitate the illicit trade in narcotics and obstruct investment and development
Ban Ki-moon

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 Presentation

Introduction to ISACS




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CASA Partners