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On 24 December 2014 an international law to regulate the global trade in armaments and ammunition enters into force.
The chairman of one of the world's largest arms companies has said that he expects the Arms Trade Treaty to make no difference to his firm's business.
The WCC has welcomed ratification of the world’s first Arms Trade Treaty, a year after it was adopted by the UN General Assembly, but wants more action.
The President of the Methodist Conference, the Rev Ruth Gee, says the Arms Trade Treaty is a "legal milestone that should help to protect those who are abused and oppressed".
At least 500,000 people die every year on average and millions more are displaced and abused as a result of armed violence and conflict.
Millions around the world will continue to suffer the deadly consequences of the poorly regulated global trade in weapons until many more governments bring the Arms Trade Treaty into force.
Churches have urged governments to sign the new Arms Trade Treaty to keep up the momentum from successful negotiations until it takes effect.
Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has described the arms trade treaty agreed at the United Nations yesterday (2 April) as ineffective.
The world's first Arms Trade Treaty is “a milestone in efforts to bring commerce in deadly weapons under much-needed controls,” says te WCC
Barack Obama must take the lead in securing a strong global Arms Trade Treaty, 18 Nobel Peace Prize winners have said in an open letter.