ISACS News


UNDP uses ISACS to inform efforts against organsed cattle-raiding in Madagascar 

A recent problem confronting the south of Madagascar is large-scale, organised cattle raiding by armed groups, in which cattle raiders (Dahalo), organise themselves into bands of tens of men armed with weapons (including automatic rifles) to carry out raids on rural communities in order to steal large numbers of cattle (


UNDP Rule of Law report sets out accomplishments of ISACS

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Excerpt from “STRENGTHENING THE RULE OF LAW IN CRISIS-AFFECTED AND FRAGILE SITUATIONS: Global Programme Annual Report 2014


INTERNATIONAL SMALL ARMS CONTROL STANDARDS

About half of all homicides worldwide are committed with small arms, which translates into almost 230,000 deaths per year.


UN Security Council reiterates support for ISACS, welcomes conduct of embargo assessment missions

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NEW YORK, USA — On 22 May 2015, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2220, its second resolution dedicated exclusively to the issue of small arms and light weapons:

Recognizing the value of effective physical security and management of stockpiles of small arms, light weapons and ammunition as an important means to prevent the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, in accordance with global and regional standards, including through the application of voluntary guidelines, such as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) developed under the UN SaferGuard programme, and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) in arms and ammunition stockpile management practices, […]


Switzerland supports standardized approach to small arms life-cycle management in UN peace operations

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"On the supply side, life-cycle management of government owned weapons and ammunition should be improved. In this regard, existing instruments such as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) and the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) can play an important role. …


At Security Council debate on small arms, UN Secretary-General encourages use of UN standards 

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“…we need further measures to combat the proliferation of illicit weapons.  States must enforce arms embargoes and strengthen United Nations missions tasked with arms and ammunition identification, record-keeping, tracing and stockpile management.  States contributing troops and police can assist by deploying personnel with the relevant expertise.


UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, UNDP Administrator call for widespread use of ISACS

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FROM THE JOINT FOREWORD TO THE 2013-14 ISACS RESULTS REPORT by UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark (l), and UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane (r):

The illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons continue to fuel armed violence in conflict-affected, post-conflict and other fragile settings around the world.