First UNIDIR regional workshop on ISACS Assessment Tool held in Southeast Europe 

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BELGRADE, SERBIA — The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the ISACS Interagency Support Unit — in cooperation with the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) — held the first training-of-trainers workshop on the ISACS Assessment Tool on 22-24 July 2014 at the UNDP office in Belgrade, Serbia.

Eleven technical officers from the OSCE Missions to Bosnia & Herzegovina and Moldova, UNDP Country Offices in Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo* and UNDP/SEESAC were trained on how to use the ISACS Assessment Tool and how to train others in its use.  Four participants (36 percent) were female.  

The workshop focused on using the ISACS Assessment Tool to guide operational work in the Southeast Europe region in areas such as conducting SALW surveys, physical security and stockpile management, marking and record keeping, collection of illicit and unwanted weapons, destruction, and border controls and law enforcement cooperation.  

At the end of the course, all participants were proficient users of the ISACS Assessment Tool and were equipped with the resources they need to train others, including their government counterparts, on the use of the tool.  

In an exit survey, participants said they were “very likely” or “certain” to use the ISACS Assessment Tool in Southeast Europe, particulary in the areas of marking & recordkeeping, stockpile management and collection of illicit and unwanted weapons.  

This was the first in a series of six regional training-of-trainers workshops that UNIDIR will organise during the second half of 2014.  The other regional workshops will take place in Latin America (19-20 August in Lima, Peru, in partnership with UNLIREC); the Caribbean (25-27 August in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in partnership with CARICOM-IMPACS); West Africa (17-19 September in Lomé, Togo, in partnership with UNREC); East Africa (22-24 September in Nairobi, Kenya, in partnership with IPSTC, RECSA and UNREC); and Asia-Pacific (location and dates tbd, in partnership with UNRCPD).  

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* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)