In report to Security Council, Secretary-General promotes ISACS

GENEVA

On the Sustainable Development Goals:

"I will continue to encourage national authorities to make use of existing, practical standards and guidelines such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, with a view to enhancing small arms and ammunition control in support of the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.” (p. 9)

The Secretary-General recommends that the Security Council: 

“should refer to the best practices contained in the voluntary International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines” (p. 11)

“should promote the practical assistance provided by the United Nations on weapons tracing, including through module 05.31 of the International Small Arms Control Standards” (p. 12)

On the use of ISACS in training:

"The International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, as well as relevant tools that facilitate their use, should be integrated into the core training curricula of international peacekeeping training centres, and peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions should receive training as needed on the application of international standards” (p. 12)

On the use of ISACS in peace support operations:

"The International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines should be integrated into the peace support operations planning process, as well as into the day-to-day activities of such operations, as relevant” (p. 13)

"Vulnerable States should continue to be assisted, upon request, in establishing longer-term arms control and regulation measures (legislative and operational), using the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines for guidance” (p. 13)

The Secretary-General recommends that all UN Member States:

“may consider aligning national marking practices with module 05.30 of the International Small Arms Control Standards, as appropriate” (p. 14)”

“may consider use of existing guidance on destruction activities, including the International Small Arms Control Standards (module 05.50) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (module 10.10) (p. 14)

"Should consider utilizing, promoting and supporting the use of module 05.30 of the International Small Arms Control Standards, on marking and tracing, and the relevant modules of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines” (p. 15)

On the use of ISACS in country support: 

"A good example is provided by UNSOM, which assists the Federal Government of Somalia through the Office of the National Security Adviser to build its capacity to comply with obligations under the arms embargo, including advisory support for the development of notifications and reporting, as well as longer-term capacity for the development of a national framework for weapons and ammunition management in accordance with international standards and the improvement of infrastructure for the reception and processing of weapons imports and donations and capacity-building.” (p. 21)

"Efforts should be made to enhance the practical applicability of existing standards and guidelines to assist host countries in conflict-affected and post-conflict settings” (p. 13)

On the use of ISACS in country assessments: 

"Assessment missions have proven to be a useful tool to bring together all relevant United Nations actors in the field and at Headquarters to provide the Council with relevant input for their reviews of sanctions measures. Relevant tools developed by the United Nations, such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, should be fully utilized in such assessments in order to ensure that gaps in capacity to safely and securely manage arms and ammunition are identified and addressed prior to an embargo being eased or lifted.” (p. 22)


FULL REPORT — Small Arms and Light Weapons: Report of the Secretary-General (S/2017/1025)