EXCERPTS FROM THE REPORT:
Arms and Ammunition in Oceania: A guide for Pacific Governments
PSAAG [the Pacific Small Arms Action Group] encourages widespread Pacific implementation of the UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects (UNPoA), the Nadi Framework for the regulation of firearms in the Pacific, and universalisation of the legally binding UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). We provide assistance in accordance with the UN’s International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) [emphasis added]. We support local initiatives that prevent armed violence in our region, especially where it undermines justice and human security, development, public health, gender equity, disability and human rights.
International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and their methodologies
ISACS are voluntary standards that provide guidance on implementing controls over the full life cycle of small arms and light weapons to reduce the risk of misuse. They incorporate the:
Use of ISACS can help Pacific Island countries to implement small arms control instruments
- International Instrument to Enable States to Identify and Trace, in a Timely and Reliable Manner, Illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons (International Tracing Instrument)
- Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UN Firearms Protocol).
ISACS offer practical guidance on improving the design, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs by states and help states to collect, maintain and share knowledge and effective practices on small arms control. They also provide benchmarks against which to measure the implementation of small arms commitments and can be used to help develop national small arms control standards.
Relevance of this framework to the Pacific
ISACS are voluntary standards and are relevant to the Pacific given the practical and clear guidance that they provide on fundamental aspects of small arms control. Use of ISACS can help Pacific Island countries to implement small arms control instruments and can help Pacific countries ensure that their small arms control measures are consistent with international standards.
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