Conference on tracing illicit SALW in OSCE Area promotes use of UN's ISACS, Interpol's iARMS


VIENNA, AUSTRIA — "the United Nations has developed and made available International Small Arms Control Standards that provide clear, practical guidance on implementing global commitments related to SALW control, including in the area of tracing illicit SALW. […] ISACS […] were highlighted as useful in facilitating common approaches."  So runs an excerpt of the closing statement delivered by the Chair of the OSCE Forum for Security Cooperation at the conclusion of the "Inauguaral Conference on Tracing Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons in the OSCE Area" co-organised by the OSCE, INTERPOL, UNODC and UNODA at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on May 23-24.  The conference heard a joint presentation from the ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit and UNIDIR on international standards on marking, recordkeeping and tracing of small arms and light weapons and on the use of a new software tool that enables States to conduct self-assessments of their practice in these areas.  The conference also promoted widespread adoption of INTERPOL's new iARMS database, whose use is also recommended by ISACS module 05.31 — Tracing illicit small arms and light weapons.