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Weapons Law Encyclopedia cites ISACS definitons of key terms

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The Weapons Law Encyclopedia, published by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, includes the ISACS definitions of key terms — including “small arm” and “light weapon”.  

These are drawn from ISACS 01.20 - Glossary of terms, definitions and abbreviations


UNREC helps Mali to validate stockpile management SOPs based on ISACS

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BAMAKO, MALI — 12-15 September 2017:  The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), in collaboration with the Malian national authorities, organised a series of workshops in the Malian capital, Bamako, on the validation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Administrative Procedures on the physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) of small arms and light weapons. …


UNRCPD uses ISACS Assessment Tool in training for Central Asian States 

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A participant using the ISACS Assessment Tool at the Central Asian workshop
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“From 16 to 17 August 2017, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) and the Government of Mongolia jointly organized a training workshop on the implementation of the Programme of Action (PoA) to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) in All Its Aspects in Central Asia. …


ISACS used in 110 countries, Assessment Tool downloaded by 159 organisations in 79 countries

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As of 21 July 2017, ISACS are being used and supported in 110 countries and the ISACS Assessment Tool, developed by UNIDIR, has been downloaded by 159 organisations in 79 countries.

This represents a 10 percent increase in worldwide use of the standards since the end of 2016, a 19 percent increase in the number of organisations downloading the ISACS Assessment Tool and a 46 percent increase in the number of countries downloading the tool.  


UNDP Montenegro small arms project cites compliance with ISACS

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A "Request for Proposal” issued by UNDP Montenegro on July 18 "for the execution of works for the upgrade of physical security and access control for the Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) Small Arms Light Weapons (SALW) storage location Rogami, Podgorica” states that the  “design documentation should be compliant with the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).”  


UNREC supports Niger to validate ISACS-compliant Standard Operating Procedures

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“For four days, national and international experts working in the field of security will look at the theme to review the situation of PSSM [physical security and stockpile management] and relevant issues related to the security sector in the Sahel region including Niger.  SOPs [Standard Operating Procedures] and administrative procedures based on international norms and standards such as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) will also be reviewed and validated by the political authorities of the state responsible for security.” …


UN Secretary-General outlines achievements of ISACS

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"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)

17. The International Small Arms Control Standards provide practical guidance on ways to put in place effective national controls over the full life cycle of small arms and light weapons, in order to reduce the risk of their falling into the hands of criminals, terrorists or others who would misuse them.


Germany cites support for ISACS in export report

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“In addition, the Federal Government is supporting other countries, both bilaterally and within the EU, on the basis of the EU small arms strategy, in the development of national and regional systems for small arms control […].  This also includes the implementation of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), whose development was decisively supported by the Federal Government. …


UNDP Madagascar analyses national legislation on firearms using ISACS

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UNDP Madagascar requested assistance from the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit to conduct an analysis of malagasy laws, regulations, procedures and practices as they relate to (1) arms management by the defence and security forces and (2) the access of civilians to firearms in Madagascar.  


UNLIREC uses ISACS to support laying down of arms in Colombia

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“The United Nations Mission in Colombia sought assistance from the Regional Centre to contribute to the “laying down of arms” component of the historic peace process negotiated between the Colombian Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army. …


UNIDIR leads training on ISACS and its Assessment Tool at NATO School

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The Conventional Weapons Programme of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) supported the NATO School's "Small Arms and Light Weapons and Mine Action” training course on 12 June 2017 in Oberammergau, Germany, by leading the following 1-hour training sessions:


UNRCPD trains ASEAN States on ISACS and its Assessment Tool

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“ The training workshop […] brought together 23 participants from the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Timor-Leste, and the ASEAN Association of Chiefs of Police (ASEANAPOL), as well as representatives from the United Nations, to discuss progress and challenges in the implementation of the PoA and the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), and the use of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).


ISACS features in UNDP report on rule of law and human rights

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“UNDP, in partnership with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, leads the UN system in developing and supporting the use of International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). ISACS provide voluntary, practical guidance on putting in place effective national controls over the full life cycle of small arms and light weapons (SALW). …


MSAG committed to effective application of ISACS

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“In cooperation with the partner countries of the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group (MSAG), Switzerland offers courses for small arms and ammunition experts in order to sustain the corresponding expertise nationally and to anchor it internationally. In 2013 and 2016, Switzerland hosted the MSAG Symposium, which is held every six months. …


UNLIREC, DCAF use ISACS to support Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru in regulation of private security

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“Since 2015, UNLIREC and DCAF have provided technical assistance to national authorities and security companies in [Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Peru] in order to support both the regulation of private security and the control of weapons in this sector by promoting standards, good practices and globally recognised initiatives such as the International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers (ICoC), the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the  International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATGs).” 


ISACS briefs Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee

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On 17 May 2017, the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee held a briefing at which participants discussed current and emerging threats, trends and developments relating to preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons and identified gaps in Member States’ efforts to implement measures to eliminate the supply of weapons to terrorists.  


OHCHR report on arms transfers and human rights cites ISACS 

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“arms transfers to States that do not regulate civilian access to small arms and light weapons according to international standards pose a risk that such weapons may be used by individuals to commit or facilitate human rights violations and abuses, such as sexual and gender based violence. …


UNDP’s community security work uses ISACS

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“At the community level, UNDP utilizes a community security approach to involve local authorities, communities and individuals to identify both the causes of the insecurity faced, as well as possible solutions to improve safety. UNDP also assists efforts to establish effective police-community relations to enhance security for, trust from and protection of populations, especially women. …


AU & Germany cooperate to apply ISACS in Sahel

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"These proposals pertain to building sustainable national capacities in the region, providing guidance to Member States and implementing agencies on implementing sustainable and nationally-owned PSSM projects, and applying the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) in resource-scarce settings.  …


Launched: New ISACS module on Awareness-raising

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On 2 March 2017, the United Nations’ internal mechanism for Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) adopted a new ISACS module (ISACS 04.30)  that provides practical guidance on “Awareness-raising.”  Before being adopted, the module was reviewied extensively by the ISACS Expert Reference Group before being submitted to the 23 UN entities that make up CASA for a final internal review.  …


SEESAC trains Serbian Ministry of Interior on ISACS-compliant stockpile management

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"Funded by the Government of the United States – Department of State, Political – Military Affairs Bureau, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement, the aim of the PSSM course is to increase the capacities of Serbia’s MoI practitioners who manage and safeguard SALW stockpiles and their ammunition. …


UNLIREC helps private security sector in Guatemala comply with international standards

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"The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament, and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) facilitated a two-day training (23-24 February 2017) to representatives of private security companies in Guatemala through the Technical Workshop on International Standards for the Management of Arms and Ammunition Warehouses of Private Security Companies.


Launched: New ISACS module on community safety programming

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On 19 January 2017, the United Nations’ internal mechanism for Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) adopted a new ISACS module (ISACS 04.20)  that provides practical guidance on “Designing and Implementing Community Safety Programming.”  Before being adopted, the module was reviewied extensively by the ISACS


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