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SEESAC Promotes the Application of the International SALW Standards in the Western Balkans Options
Natalie Wilkins
Posted: Sunday, June 02, 2013 11:38:25 AM
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With the help of twenty UN agencies and experts from across the world, the UN has been developing the International Small Arms Control Standards (ISACS) which gather all norms and commitments set fort in key SALW control instruments including the UN Programme of Action (UN PoA), the International Tracing Instrument (ITI), Firearms Protocol and the newly adopted Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) into one document.

The primary goal of the Standards is to provide clear, practical and comprehensive guidance to practitioners and policymakers on fundamental aspects of small arms and light weapons control.

In order to make the Standards more accessible, the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) developed an innovative ISACS Software Tool that makes the practical use of the Standards much easier.

This week, Mr. Himayu Shiotani of the UNIDIR, spent five days in Bosnia and Herzegovina where he trained SEESAC and UNDP Bosnia and Herzegovina staff members on how to use the Tool. The aim was to enable the use of the ISACS software to ensure better design and implementation of SALW collection and destruction activities planned by the BiH authorities in partnership with UNDP and SEESAC.

In the course of the training the group visited a potential SALW destruction site and a police SALW storage facility, using the ISACS Software to assess how they measure up to the International SALW Standards.

The software is designed to be used by the UN agencies, other international and regional organizations, as well as by national authorities on both the strategic and operational levels. With this in mind, the benefits of the ISACS Software Tool were also presented to a number of institutional partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina including the Chair and members of the BiH SALW Control Coordination Body and the Ministry of Interior of the Republika Srpska. Government representatives saw great potential in the tool as a way to improve the efficacy of their SALW related work and help them better align with the internationally accepted norms. It was agreed that, with the assistance of the UNDP/SEESAC, national partners will use the tool to improve their planning and implementation of SALW control efforts.

Source: SEESAC
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