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Grassroots civic and faith groups, relatives of victims, and activists are joining mayors and other politicians to press US President Obama for effective gun controls.
Over 60 per cent of deaths in battle-related conflicts are caused by small arms, and billions of dollars are spent every year on small arms.
The struggle against the proliferation of small arms and light weapons "is critical for peace and security in Africa,” a churches' consultation has heard.
The WCC is holding a consultation in Ethiopia to strategize common priorities and actions to combat the proliferation of arms in the region.
After July 2012, arms used to commit atrocities and serious crimes may become harder to buy, and harder to sell internationally.
Amnesty International have today joined with campaigners in more than 100 countries to call upon government leaders to develop a "bullet-proof" Arms Trade Treaty.