Secretary-General’s report on SALW makes extensive reference to ISACS

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Excerpts from: The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General (A/71/438–A/CONF.192/BMS/2016/1 of 4 October 2016)


“26. Solid advances were made with regard to the consistency and comprehensiveness of United Nations support for the full life-cycle management of small arms and light weapons. In order to provide dependable, high-quality assistance across offices and agencies, the United Nations system has developed modular packages of good practices on small arms, light weapons and ammunition control (the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines), which are publicly available. The Security Council, in its resolution 2220 (2015), recognized the value of the Standards and the Guidelines, as did the outcome of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action (see A/CONF.192/BMS/2014/2, annex, paras. 12 and 17 (e)). Wide application of the Standards and the Guidelines by the United Nations system, as well as by other stakeholders, underscores the value of coordinated approaches on highly cross-sectional topics. Many other entities within the United Nations and outside of it now make routine use of these guidelines. […]

“40. Key parts of the United Nations system, including the Office for Disarmament Affairs and its regional centres for peace and disarmament, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations of the Secretariat, including its Police Division and the Mine Action Service, the United Nations Development Programme and others, are contributing to securing stockpiles and to the relevant training of national law enforcement and security forces of affected countries, as well as troop-contributing countries. For all actors involved, the standards on weapons and ammunition management developed by the United Nations — the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines — form consistent guidance in this regard. […]

"86. The training activities of all involved entities consistently apply the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines. […]

Recommendation 4

“Member States are encouraged to make every effort to secure arms and ammunition stockpiles and shield them from diversion. Existing voluntary guidance, such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines developed under the United Nations SaferGuard programme, can be of use in improving arms and ammunition stockpile management practices. Relevant peacekeeping and peacebuilding missions should be consistently mandated to assist host countries in their stockpile management. More can be done to mainstream physical security and stockpile management programmes in peacekeeping mandates and concepts of operations. Special attention is required for the weapons management needs of countries bordering conflict areas. […]

Recommendation 8

“Governments are encouraged to conduct a self-assessment of their national small arms controls and pinpoint areas that may be in need of strengthening. For such an exercise, an International Small Arms Control Standards assessment tool is available.” 


READ FULL REPORT — The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General (A/71/438–A/CONF.192/BMS/2016/1)