ISACS News


Finland expresses support for ISACS and its Software Tool

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"Finland considers UN's International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) valuable as they provide clear, practical and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers on controls of small arms and light weapons. Finland among others contributed to development by UNIDIR of tools for better implementation of the ISACS.”


UNLIREC trains Surinamese officials on destroying surplus and obsolete small arms in accordance with ISACS

"From 21 to 26 October 2013, UNLIREC, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Defense of Suriname, supported the destruction of close to 700 surplus and obsolete weapons and 200 kilos of small arms ammunition. All small arms were destroyed using a set of hydraulic shears provided by UNLIREC to the Ministry of Defense of Suriname, while the ammunition was burned using the UNLIREC-patented Small Arms Ammunition Burning Tank (SAABT). …


UNLIREC Standard Operating Procedures on small arms destruction based on ISACS

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"From 21 to 26 October 2013, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in close collaboration with the Ministry of Defense of Suriname, supported the destruction of close to 700 surplus and obsolete weapons and 0.2 tonnes of small arms ammunition. …


EU Commission considers binding rules on tracing firearms, building on ISACS

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"At present it is unclear whether Member States authorities are equipped to investigate systematically the origin of all weapons they recover or confiscate; the EU should help them to do so, through evaluating the existing tracing manual and the obstacles to its implementation. The Commission will consider the necessity of binding rules in this area, building on the International Tracing Instrument and the international best practices developed by the United Nation's International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).”  


UNIDIR completes testing of ISACS software tool in 9 countries

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The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has completed the testing of the prototype ISACS software tool in 9 countries — Bosnia & Herzegovina, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan and Trinidad & Tobago.

ISACS modules used during the field-testing included those providing practical guidance on the collection of illicit and unwanted weapons,


UNDP supports Kosovo police to destroy 1,315 weapons in accordance with ISACS

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"UNDP’s representative, Mr. Chris Decker, said that the event was a significant result of the five year support that UNDP has been providing to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kosovo Police in the field of small arms and light weapons control. “UNDP remains committed to further assist Kosovo stakeholders in the fight against armed violence”, said Mr. Decker.


High Representative's opening statement to General Assembly 1st Committee cites ISACS

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"We have also focused our efforts on building up the technical skills of government officials. For example, we conducted numerous workshops across Latin America and the Caribbean in stockpile management and small arms and ammunition destruction. These were based on the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines mandated by the General Assembly, as well as the International Small Arms Control Standards."