UN backing for Global Day of Action on Military Spending

By staff writers
April 12, 2011

The UN’s High Representative for Disarmament Affairs has issued a statement of support to coincide with the Global Day of Action on Military Spending.

The aim of the day of action is to seek commitments for radical reductions in arms expenditure, and their direction to peaceful and socially useful purposes.

In 2009 alone, worldwide military spending rose to an all-time high amount of US$1.53 trillion.

Ambassador Sergio Duarte declared: “At this Global Day of Action on Military Spending, I call on governments to consider the full possibilities of creating security through non-military means, decent health care and a good education for all - providing confidence in the future."

'[We also need] democratic institutions, in which all citizens feel represented; a functioning rule of law, protecting people against crime and corruption; [and] finally, intense cooperation between neighbouring and other countries, building confidence and trust in international relations,” the UN representative said.

“The discussion on military expenditures will intensify in the coming years. The Global Day of Action on Military Spending should serve as a catalyst for shifting global and national priorities from massive military spending to creating human security and safety for all,” he declared.

The Day of Action coincides with the release of the authoratitive Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s (SIPRI) new annual figures on world military expenditures.

The founders are the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a community of public scholars and organisers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the US and globally, and the International Peace Bureau.

IPB is dedicated to the vision of a 'world without war'. It is a Nobel Peace Laureate (1910), and over the years, 13 of its officers have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. IPB's 320 member organisations in 70 countries, together with individual members from a global network, bring together expertise and campaigning experience in a common cause. Its current main programme centres on Sustainable Disarmament for Sustainable Development.

More on the Day of Action: http://demilitarize.org/


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