United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1977

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The volume 2 compiles the disarmament resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly, the voting patterns in the General Assembly and the First Committee report and dates of their adoption.



Reduction of military budgets

The question of the reduction of military budgets as an approach to disarmament has been considered by the General Assembly on many occasions, mainly in the light of the global volume of resources devoted to military activities compared with those being assigned to economic and social problems. The reduction of military expenditures, and the utilization of the resources that would thus be freed to meet economic and social needs, particularly those of the developing countries, have been a matter of concern since 1950, when the General Assembly adopted resolution 380 (V), in which it called upon every State to agree to reduce to a minimum the diversion for armaments of human and economic resources and to strive towards the develpoment of such resources for the general welfare, with due regard to the needs of the under-developed areas of the world.


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