ISACS support implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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

António Guterres
Secretary-General of the United Nations (Source)


The nations of the world are embarked upon an ambitious new phase of global development. World leaders have adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that within 15 years seek to end poverty and hunger, realize the human rights of all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies that are free from fear and violence. 

In his 2017 report to the General Assembly on small arms and light weapons, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stated that:

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"The International Small Arms Control Standards contribute directly to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically target 16.1 to “significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere” and target 16.4 to “significantly reduce illicit ... arms flows”. Building national capacities for combatting illicit arms trafficking is essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (see A/70/794, para. 46), and States are encouraged to use the Standards to support peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts and to conduct national self-assessments of the effectiveness of existing small arms and light weapons controls (see A/71/438-A/CONF.192/BMS/2016/1, recommendation 8).” 

Our theory of change explains how ISACS contribute to implementing the SDGs: