UN Secretary-General encourages use of ISACS to assess national SALW controls, assist peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts

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Excerpts from: The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General

“26. Solid advances were made in consistency and comprehensiveness of United Nations support for 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 (ISACS – International Small Arms Control Standards, and IATG – International Ammunition Technical Guidelines), which are publicly available.9 Security Council resolution S/RES/2220 (2015) recognized the value of these standards and guidelines, as did the outcome of BMS5 (A/CONF.192/BMS/2014/2 I.12. and I.17(e)). Their wide application 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 Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Department for Peacekeeping Operations including its Police Division and its Mine Action Service, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and others, are contributing to securing stockpiles and to relevant training of national law enforcement and security forces of affected as well as troop-contributing countries. For all actors involved, the standards on weapons and ammunition management developed by the United Nations – ISACS and IATG – form consistent guidance in this respect. […]

“86. Trainings of all involved [UN] 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 consistently be 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 ISACS assessment tool is available.”

FULL REPORT — The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General