UNDP Montenegro and the OSCE Mission to Montenegro jointly organized a Workshop on a “Strategic Approach to Control and Reduction of SALW” in Budva, Montenegro on 11–13 December 2013 in order to promote cooperation and exchange of best practices among countries of the Western Balkans.
During the workshop, representatives of the governments of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo* presented their national small arms control strategies and discussed recent achievements and challenges.
Topics discussed included global commitments related to SALW control and recent developments in this area, the accomplishments of and challenges faced by effective SALW control and reduction, and the development of new tools to assist governments and agencies in their day-to-day work through the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS).
The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) briefed participants on the utility of ISACS and its Assessment Tool in guiding the implementation of wide-range of small arms and light weapons control programmes. Particular focus was placed on examining the applicability of ISACS to strengthening regional controls and coordination in the operational areas of small arms and light weapons controls (ISACS Series 05), including on marking, recordkeeping, border controls and law enforcement cooperation, and stockpile management.
The findings of the workshop contributed to strengthening the Regional Implementation Plan on Combating the Proliferation and Impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons.