ADDING THE VOICE OF THE CHURCHES
Need to Act
Small arms and light weapons are an integral part of the spiraling culture of violence in our world. Through war, crime, domestic violence and suicides, more than 10,000 lives are lost each week to armed violence. The easy availability of small arms and light weapons exacerbates and prolongs armed conflicts, disrupts economic and social development, promotes crime and a culture of violence, and produces an extraordinary worldwide burden of cumulative personal tragedies and public crises.
It is a matter of urgent public responsibility that the international community now act to tackle the problems of the proliferation, accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, and to address their debilitating social, economic, political and humanitarian impacts.
A First Attempt by Governments
The conference will address the three foci of the small arms agenda:
control of the supply and availability of small arms and light weapons;
It is vitally important that the UN conference commit States to measures that will have a real and beneficial impact on the lives of the people who now suffer the devastating consequences of the presence and misuse of small arms in their communities.
The Role of The Churches
Together with the International Action Network on Small Arms, the WCC Commission of the Churches on International Affairs has been playing an active role in the UN Conference and will be present in July to monitor proceedings and lobby governments as they deliberate over a Programme of Action. The WCC is committed to bring the ecumenical voice to the international arena with stories of hope and pain.
As we embark on a Decade to Overcome Violence (2001-2010), the WCC calls on the churches "to emphasize their readiness to live without the protection of armaments;" (Fifth WCC Assembly, Nairobi 1975) and do those things that make for peace with justice.
We invite you to to reveal the negative impact of small arms.
Latin Americans Push for International Day of Arms Destruction
intervention on reduction of demand for small arms and the role of
faith communities -
CCIA/WCC message at the UN Conference
'We do mind the dying' ... say more than 60 humanitarian aid organizations in a statement urging effective action to control small arms sales - press statement from the newly launched Humanitarian Coalition.
use story, symbol and dance to protest the use of and trade in small