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The market that kills

Small arms generate a cash flow of $8.5 billion a year and at the same time kill around a half million people. These are the figures from the Small Arms Survey 2012, presented yesterday at the United Nations in New York.

The document reveals that while the level of transparency of the movement of light weapons in Europe and in North America is relatively high, that same level is low in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

“Our collective responsibility is clear: to prevent the flow of illegal small arms into conflict and post-conflict areas and the hands of warlords, traffickers and criminals”,   said the Secretary-General of the UN Ban Ki-moon.

Yesterday at the headquarters in New York the Second Review Conference on the Programme of Action of the UN on weapons began and is scheduled until 7 September. The programme, which was adopted by consensus in 2011, contains practical recommendations on how to improve national legislation and controls on small calibre arms, as well as promoting regional and international cooperation.

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