ISACS News


Africa - China - EU Dialogue uses ISACS as yardstick in Great Lakes and Horn region

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Implemented by Saferworld, together with the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association and the Africa Peace Forum the project is aimed at enhancing dialogue between the African, the Chinese and the European civil society and research communities on conventional arms control and the struggle against illicit proliferation and circulation of small arms and light weapons.


ISACS as the work plan for civil society in support of the PoA

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Guest post by: Dr. Edward J. Laurance, Monterey Institute of International Studies

First published in The Small Arms Monitor (Volume 6, Number 6, June 2014).  Reaching Critical Will, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.


I write in response to the thoughtful and comprehensive piece by my colleague Daniel Mack:


BMS5 hears of wide-ranging use of ISACS, endorses use of standards

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NEW YORK, U.S.A. — The 5th Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons came to close today with consensus agreement on an outcome document charting the way forward over the coming years.  


67 States express support for ISACS during BMS5

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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.  



UNIDIR report on Somalia draws heavily on ISACS

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As previously reported, UNIDIR co-organised a workshop on weapons and ammunition management in Somalia in January 2014 in cooperation with the Federal Government of Somalia, UNSOM, UNMAS and UNDP.  

UNIDIR has published a report of the workshop that sets out in detail the work being carried out by the Federal Government with support from the United Nations and implementing organisations.  …


Four Additional ISACS Modules Launched

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NEW YORK, U.S.A. — During the 5th Biennial Meeting of States to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the ISACS project of the UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms (CASA) mechanism released 4 additional international small arms control standards, bringing to 12 the number of ISACS modules now


ISACS Assessment Tool goes live

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NEW YORK, U.S.A. — On the opening day of the 5th Biennial Meeting of States to consider implementation of the UN Programme of Action against the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons, the ISACS Assessment Tool was made available for download free of charge from the ISACS website


UNMAS trains Somali Armed Forces to mark imported SALW in accordance with ISACS 

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MOGADISHU, SOMALIA — The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Somalia is training members of the Somali National Army (SNA) to mark small arms — imported by the government under the partially lifted arms embargo — in accordance with the guidance set out in ISACS 05.30 (“Marking and recordkeeping”).  


Six BMS5 Working Papers encourage wider application of ISACS

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"The UNPoA currently suffers from the absence of any framework or principles to measure implementation and assess its effectiveness, and assessing the effectiveness of cooperation and assistance is a small step towards addressing this obstacle in the way of States being accountable for their actions. …