United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 1982

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The volume 7 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.



Study on the economic and social consequences of the arms race of military expenditures

Since the beginning of the 1970s there have been periodic assessments of the economic and social consequences of the arms race by the United Nations. Two studies, the first in 1972 and the second in 1977, were carried out by the Secretary-General with the assistance of consultant experts, at the request of the General Assembly. Both these earlier reports stressed the deadly destructive potential of the arms race, particularly in its nuclear aspects, and the opportunities for socio-economic development that were lost through a continuing use of the world’s finite resources for military purposes. They also warned that a failure to stop the arms race would complicate the problems of international economic growth.


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