67 States express support for ISACS during BMS5

In addition to the six BMS5 working papers advocating for broader application of ISACS, the following States and regional organisations made statements during BMS5 expressing support for the standards.  Taken together, this means that 67 States* explicitly support using ISACS to advance global efforts to prevent the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons.  


AUSTRIA — On behalf of the Human Security Network

"Stockpile management, including physical security measures of small arms, light weapons and corresponding ammunition, is of crucial importance to prevent their illicit transfer and destabilizing accumulation. In this regard, the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), both developed in the context of the UN, are essential tools. Furthermore, the establishment of benchmarks and indicators could be useful for the evaluation of the progress of the implementation of stockpile management, including physical security measures…”  — FULL STATEMENT



"First of all, Switzerland supports adopting a holistic approach to the management of all aspects of the life-cycle of small arms and light weapons, from initial production or acquisition, to final disposal or destruction [...]. This approach ensures that measures falling within the framework of the International Tracing Instrument are duly considered in national implementation processes.  Secondly, we suggest considering the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) as well as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) as guiding principles when defining national life-cycle management procedures. — FULL STATEMENT

"Switzerland encourages states to adopt appropriate standards, benchmarks and indicators for assessing cooperation and assistance efforts, and progress in implementation of the Programme of Action. In this respect, we welcome the development of the voluntary International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG), and encourage member states to explore ways to ensure their implementation in UN-led cooperation and assistance projects.” — FULL STATEMENT



"the 5th BMS should encourage states to undertake measures to: [...] Apply International Ammunition Technical Guidelines and International Small Arms Control Standards, which provide practical guidance on stockpile management, marking, record-keeping and tracing” — FULL STATEMENT



"In the EU and its Member States view, we should further develop agreed standards and best practices in the field of physical security and stockpile management, based on such instruments as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). These instruments provide clear, practical and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers.” — FULL STATEMENT

* 28 EU Member States, 11 States associated with the EU, 15 CARICOM Member States, 5 East African Community States, 6 Human Security Network States (not already included in the foregoing), Australia and Switzerland.