UN Secretary-General stresses importance of ISACS to achieving success in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia

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"44. The International Small Arms Control Standards, developed by the United Nations, provide guidance on establishing effective national controls over the full life cycle of small arms and light weapons. The International Small Arms Control Standards translate into practice the objectives of the key global agreements and international law aimed at preventing the illicit trade, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. […]

"51. Consistent application of the robust International Ammunition Technical Guidelines is essential. Similarly, making use of the International Small Arms Control Standards will also improve challenging small arms control situations. Both modular sets of standards, which complement each other, are voluntary, but provide the best available advice on ammunition management and small arms control.

"52. Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia may be seen as successes. In Côte d’Ivoire, UNDP and the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa, utilizing international standards, put in place procedures and training tools on physical security and stockpile management. The United Nations Mine Action Service also provided national authorities in Côte d’Ivoire with a multi-year programme of assistance on weapons and ammunition management. […]

"54. More can be done to mainstream physical security and stockpile management programmes in peacekeeping mandates and concepts of operations, based on standards and guidelines developed by the United Nations on arms and ammunition management. It is crucial that the Security Council, while drafting or renewing peacekeeping mandates, carefully assess the need to include relevant provisions.

"Recommendation 7

"The Security Council should ensure that peacekeeping and special political missions are consistently mandated to assist host countries in the effective management of their arms and ammunition stockpiles.

"This includes, in accordance with the good practice demonstrated in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia, provisions on the training of national security forces in weapons disposal, marking and recording and large-scale weapons collection and destruction programmes, in addition to the refurbishment of weapons and ammunition storage facilities and the promotion of compliance with existing standards.

FULL REPORT — Small arms and light weapons Report of the Secretary-General [to the Security Council]