Reduction of Military Budgets

Refinement of International Reporting and Comparison of Military Expenditures

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This report prepared by the Group of Experts on the Reduction of Military Budgets in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 35/142 B recalls the “provision of paragraph 90 of the Final Document of the Tenth Special Session of the General Assembly, according to which it should continue to consider what concrete steps should be taken to facilitate the reduction of military budgets, bearing in mind the relevant proposals and documents of the United Nations on this question”. It also expressed the conviction that “reductions of military expenditures could be carried out without affecting the military balance to the detriment of the national security of any country”. It further recalled earlier resolutions requesting the secretary-General to carry out the practical test of the proposed instrument, to assess the results of this test and to develop recommendations for its refinement and implementation.



Foreword by the Secretary-General

By its resolution 35/142 B of 12 December 1980, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General, with the assistance of an ad hoc group of qualified experts in the field of military budgets, to refine further the reporting instrument and to examine and suggest solutions to the question of comparing military expenditures among different States and between different years, as well as to the problems of verification that will arise in connexion with agreements on reduction of military expenditures. The Assembly also requested the Secretary-General to report on the question to the General Assembly at its second special session devoted to disarmament.


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