The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and Colombian authorities are set to melt down nearly 14,000 firearms today in a special ceremony highlighting the danger of illegal arms proliferation and marking International Gun Destruction Day. The molten metal will go towards the manufacture of school chairs and the construction of a monument in memory of the victims of violence and kidnapping in Colombia. Colombia has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. In 2005, 70 percent of over 17,000 homicides registered were committed with firearms. (UN News)

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