“PATRICK MCCARTHY, Coordinator of the United Nations Coordinating Action on Small Arms (UN CASA) Project on International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), said that the project that was being developed would be framed by the existing global agreements on small arms and would build upon standards, best-practice guidelines, and model regulations, which had already been elaborated at the regional and subregional levels. Its development was primarily to enhance the United Nations ability to deliver as one on small-arms issues, whether they concerned legal, programmatic or operational aspects of the problem.
He said that internationally-accepted and validated standards on small-arms control would also have utility beyond the United Nations system by providing clear and comprehensive guidance to small-arms practitioners and policymakers, whether they worked in national governments, regional organizations, civil society or the small arms industry. Those standards would not be legally binding or obligatory in any way. Rather, they would provide voluntary guidance within the United Nations system and to other stakeholders and be made available for use at no cost to a wide range of relevant actors.
The United Nations Coordinating Action on Small Arms had identified individual standards modules for development, comprising legal, programmatic, operational and crosscutting issues, he said. It had engaged leading experts as consultants to help draft first versions of those modules and had created an expert reference Group to help review and provide feedback on them. The work that had been undertaken would not have been possible without financial support received from Australia, Canada, Ireland and Norway, but additional financial support was needed.”