2016 in Review
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ISACS are being used in over 100 countries

As the year draws to to its close, we sincerely thank our partners and donors for having helped to make 2016 a landmark year for spreading the use of International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS). With the standards now being used in more than 100 countries, the use of ISACS has reached a new level of sustainability. Here are some some of the 2016 highlights from the ISACS project. We look forward to continuing to work with you in 2017 and wish you and yours a peaceful holiday season.


Support for ISACS

The EU called for the promotion and implementation of ISACS and CARICOM pointed to their benefits. The African Union considered ISACS as a basis for continent-wide training on stockpile management. Germany said ISACS should be used worldwide. The Marshall Islands said that ISACS could help regulate floating armouries and, to prove the point, SAMI used the ISACS Assessment Tool to evaluate a floating armoury in the Gulf of Oman.

The Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon said that combatting illicit arms trafficking is “essential” to achieving the Global Goals. He encouraged the use of ISACS to support peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts and to conduct national self-assessments.


Germany used ISACS to train PSSM officers from 11 OSCE countries. PSAAG trained 30 security officials from Fiji on ISACS. RECSA trained security officials from Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya on ISACS-based stockpile management. A BICC training in Mali and SEESAC trainings for AlbaniaBosnia & HerzegovinaMoldova, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia introduced ISACS guidance on PSSM. 

Capacity Building

UNREC is using ISACS to help build the PSSM capacity of 6 countries in the Sahel. UNLIREC is using them to help prevent diversion of small arms from private security companies in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Peru. UNRCPD used ISACS to help strengthen small arms control in Cambodia,  Myanmar and Thailand. Austria used them to transfer knowledge to Bosnia, Moldova, Kenya & Senegal and UNIDIR used ISACS in its ongoing support for the Federal Government of Somalia.  

UN Programming

The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said that ISACS serve the UN System and clear a path to the achievement of the SDGs. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that ISACS provide comprehensive guidance on the use of small arms by civilians. The UN regional strategy for the Great Lakes used ISACS to ensure a harmonised approach to SALW control.

ISACS Assessment Tool

The ISACS Assessment Tool has been downloaded by 134 organisations in 65 countries.  The ISACS Inter-Agency Support Unit trained government and UNDP officials from Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, as well as officials from Togo and UNREC.

Outreach & Advocacy

In Nigeria, the IANSA Women’s Network put ISACS at the centre of its advocacy strategy. ISACS were featured on playing cards produced by the RASR Initiative.  


UNIDIR cited ISACS in a report on end-user controls. BICC cited them in a report on SALW control in the Sahel. The Small Arms Survey drew extensively on ISACS in its ATT Implementation Handbook. Training Toolkits on the PoA and ATT developed by the Pacific Small Arms Action Group drew on ISACS.  
The ISACS project expresses its sincere appreciation to the governments of Germany, Ireland and Switzerland for their financial support during 2016

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