Notable Quotes

The International Small Arms Control Standards enhance the ability of all parts of the UN to help States prevent illicit flows of small arms and light weapons and achieve their Sustainable Development Goals. 

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

The ISACS initiative is a good example of how the humanitarian, peace and security and development pillars of the UN can work together in partnership to help states prevent conflict and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Kim Won-soo
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Strengthening the Rule of Law in Crisis-Affected and Fragile Situations.”

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

Strengthening states’ capacities for safe and secure weapons stockpiling will contribute to the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Authoritative guidance such as the International Small Arms Control Standards and the International Ammunition Technical Guidelines are available to assist all states in improving their stockpile security.

Kim Won-soo
UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

Opening Remarks to the Sixth Biennial Meeting of States to Consider the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The [CASA] mechanism established by the Secretary-General has developed guidance on appropriate control measures […] The standards, reflected in International Small Arms Control Standard 03.30 on national regulation of civilian access to small arms and light weapons, provide comprehensive guidance on the acquisition, possession and use of firearms.

Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Human rights and the regulation of civilian acquisition, possession and use of firearms: Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/HRC/32/21)

UN Photo/Mark Garten

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

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General (2016)

UN Photo/Mark Garten

Because [ISACS] were used as the basis of assistance on small arms control, beneficiary Governments received consistent and high quality advice and guidance… This support contributes directly to efforts by Governments to reduce armed violence and build community security in order to create the conditions necessary for sustainable human development

Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General

The illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects: Report of the Secretary-General (2016)

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

ISACS can help States put in place effective national controls over the full life-cycle of small arms and light weapons and, by so doing, close off the illicit channels that allow them to be misused with such devastating effect

Helen Clark
UNDP Administrator

2013-14 ISACS Results Report