ISACS News


ISACS modules used in training for Philippine Government Officials

The Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crime  in the Office of the President, together with Nonviolence International Southeast Asia (NISEA) as a civil society implementing partner, conducted a 15-day intensive Training Course on "Licensing, Investigation and Enforcement Policies and Procedures in Relation to the Arms Trade Treaty" on 5-19 February 2018 in the Philippine capital, Manila, 


UN practical guide applies ISACS to DDR operations

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"The Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA) have launched of a new resource entitled “Weapons and Ammunition Management in a Changing Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Context”. This practical handbook [is] intended to support the work of United Nations DDR [Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration of ex-combattants] practitioners related to arms and ammunition in increasingly challenging environments. …


Counter-terrorism technical guide points to ISACS legislative modules

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The UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) has updated its 2009 Technical Guide to reflect the requirements of relevant successor resolutions of the Council. The Technical Guide is intended as a reference tool to help ensure consistent analysis of States’ efforts to implement the provisions of Security Council


In report to Security Council, Secretary-General promotes ISACS

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On the Sustainable Development Goals:

"I will continue to encourage national authorities to make use of existing, practical standards and guidelines such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, with a view to enhancing small arms and ammunition control in support of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.” (p. …


UNREC trains Government officials, civil society from Lake Chad basin on ISACS

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"The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) organized a sub-regional workshop  to support the process of marking arms in the Lake Chad Basin Countries from 6 to 7 November 2017 in N’Djamena, Chad,  and  a national workshop to prevent diversion of arms to terrorist groups from 9 to 10 November 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.


HALO Trust position requires familiarity with ISACS

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"HALO has a growing portfolio of programmes delivering weapons and ammunitions management including weapons disposal, ammunition disposal and physical security and stockpile management (PSSM). […]

“HALO requires a Construction Manager to be based in the field to produce engineering assessments of structures and provide recommendations for rehabilitation – in line with international weapons and ammunition storage standards (International Small Arms Control Standards and International Ammunition Technical Guidelines).” 


UNREC helps Chad validate ISACS-based stockpile management procedures

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"The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) has developed a set of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the safe and secure management and stockpiling of small arms, light weapons and ammunition for use by the security sector in of Chad.  …


UNREC helps Burkina Faso validate ISACS-based stockpile management procedures

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“[The Standard Operating Procedures] developed within the framework of the UNREC-led Physical Security and Stockpile Management –PSSM Sahel project are designed to help reduce the risk of diversion and illicit trade in small arms, light weapons and their ammunition. They are based on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunitions Technical Guidelines (IATG), as well as on the standards adopted by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).” 


Trinidad and Tobago use ISACS to strengthen national legislation

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"The national government [of Trinidad and Tobago] is also conducting a review of existing firearm legislation, using the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) to ensure that local legislation meets UN guidelines on firearms, ammunition, explosives and related materials in areas such as control, destruction and transfer.”


Launched: New ISACS module on gender and small arms

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On 5 October 2017, the United Nations’ internal mechanism for Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) adopted a new ISACS module (ISACS 06.10)  entitled, “Women, men and the Gendered Nature of small arms and light weapons.”  

Before being finalised and adopted, the module went through numerous reviews by the ISACS Expert Reference Group before being submitted for a final internal review to the 23 UN entities that comprise CASA.  


BICC, RECSA, SARCOM train Sudanese armed forces on ISACS-based stockpile management

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"40 national representatives participated in the physical security and stockpile management (PSSM) seminar on weapons management, organized in partnership with [the Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC),] the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) and the Sub-regional Arms Control Mechanism (SARCOM). …


UNREC helps Mali validate ISACS-based stockpile management Procedures

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“The United Nations Regional Center for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the safe and secure management and stockpiling of small arms, light weapons and ammunition for use by the security sector officers of Mali. The SOPs were developed to help reduce the risk of diversion and illicit trade in small arms, light weapons and their ammunition. …


SEESAC implements ISACS in 7 South-East European countries

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“ SEESAC advocates for the implementation of ISACS in national and regional contexts in South East Europe. From 2014 to 2016 SEESAC, with the support of the European Union, renovated 11 SALW and ammunition storage facilities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo[1], the Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. …


UNDP, Japan help Côte d’Ivoire develop Handbook of SALW control based on ISACS

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[Unofficial translation]

“The National Commission to Combat the Proliferation and Illicit Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (ComNat-SALW), in partnership with Japan through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), organized the official handover ceremony of the Handbook of Procedures for the Management of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Stocks and their Ammunition to the Forces of Côte d'Ivoire on Monday, 25 September 2017, at 3 pm at the headquarters of the Institution.


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…


UNRCPD uses ISACS Assessment Tool in training for Central Asian States 

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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. …


UK supports Kenya, Uganda on ISACS-compliant stockpile management

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“From 24 to 28 Jul 17, a UK Military Short Term Training Team (STTT) deployed to BSDT (EA) to assist SALW Ad, BPST(EA) in delivering a BPST(EA) Weapons and Ammunition Accountability and Management (WAAM) Course — the first in 2017-18, which took place at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS), Nairobi.  


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: 
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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: