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Economic and Social Consequences of the Arms Race and of Military Expenditures

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The Disarmament Study Series highlights United Nations General Assembly studies in the field of disarmament undertaken by groups of governmental experts. Pursuant of resolution 35/141 of 12 December 1980, this report analyzes the economic and social consequences of the arms race and its extremely harmful effects on world peace and security. It points out that the forces driving the arms race, the purposes it serves, and the various forms of its manifestation, have made it a phenomenon adversely affecting global socio-economic options, because its very continuation presupposes conflict and reinforces confrontation.

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Foreword by the Secretary-General

This report is the third in a series of reports made under the aegis of the United Nations, in which, from time to time, the economic and social consequences of the arms race and its extremely harmful effects on world peace and security are analysed. It has been prepared by the Group of Consultant Experts on that subject which I appointed under the terms of General Assembly resolution 35/141 of 12 December 1980. By that resolution, the General Assembly, noting that, since the preparation of the previous report, there had been new developments of particular relevance in the economic and political conditions of the world, requested the Secretary-General to bring up to date, with the assistance of qualified experts appointed by him, the second in the series of reports entitled Economic and Social Consequences of the Arms Race, and of Military Expenditures.

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