Six BMS5 Working Papers encourage wider application of ISACS

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AUSTRALIA

"The UNPoA currently suffers from the absence of any framework or principles to measure implementation and assess its effectiveness, and assessing the effectiveness of cooperation and assistance is a small step towards addressing this obstacle in the way of States being accountable for their actions. By standardising the assistance that the UN provides to States particularly in conflict and conflict prone settings, the ISACS offer a significant opportunity to increase the effectiveness, measurability and quality of assistance to States.

BMS5 should take note of the fact that the ISACS were launched on 29 August 2012 at the UNPoA Review Conference, note that they provide practical guidance on implementing commitments made by States in the UNPoA, ITI, Firearms protocol and ATT, and encourage UN CASA partners to use the standards when providing requested support to States.”

FULL PAPER — Working Paper by Australia


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AUSTRIA

"Together with partners from the Multinational Small Arms and Ammunition Group MSAG the main focus is on supporting capacity building and promoting knowledge transfer with regard to the management of national stockpiles based on the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS), as well as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG), as well as advising and supporting the reduction of surpluses of SALW and corresponding ammunition […]

"Austria proposes to consider the following recommendations [] for possible inclusion in the final document of BMS 5: […]

"— States encouraged the full observation and implementation of the International Small Arms Control Standards, as well as the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines, in the activities involved. […]"

FULL PAPER — Working Paper by Austria


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GERMANY

"Germany supports the development of standards and best practices in the control of small arms and conventional ammunition on the global level. It has contributed to the development of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and encourages their use on a voluntary basis. In the same respect, Germany encourages the use of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG). The BMS 5 should consider the use of internationally agreed standards for its implementation, including for the establishment of indicators and benchmarks regarding the level of implementation by authorities, armed forces, or other national or international organizations.”

FULL PAPER — Working Paper by Germany


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SWITZERLAND

"Switzerland welcomes the launch of the voluntary International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) as well as the development of the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG).

"Switzerland welcomes the development of the voluntary ISACS and the IATG and requests member states to explore ways to ensure their implementation in UN-led cooperation and assistance projects."

FULL PAPER — Working Paper by Switzerland


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CARICOM

"CARICOM calls for the inclusion of minimum common international criteria and/or guidelines for the storage and destruction of SALW and in this connection, welcomes the launch of the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG) which inform the standard operating procedures of UNLIREC.  

FULL PAPER — Working Paper by CARICOM



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EUROPEAN UNION

"As part of this agenda item [physical security and stockpile management], the EU would welcome a detailed consideration of the following issues: the development of agreed standards and best practices, based on such instruments such as the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines (IATG)”  

FULL PAPER — Working Paper by the EU