United Nations Disarmament Yearbook 2017: Part II

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The United Nations Disarmament Yearbook, volume 42 (Part II): 2017, with a foreword by the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, summarizes developments and trends in 2017 on key issues of multilateral consideration at the international and regional levels; reviews the activity of the General Assembly, the Conference on Disarmament and the Disarmament Commission; and contains a handy timeline of highlights of multilateral disarmament in 2017.

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Conventional weapons

High levels of military expenditure and arms transfers continued in 2017 amid an ongoing deterioration of the international security environment. World military expenditures stood at about $1.74 trillion in 2017,2 continuing the upward trend that began in 2004. This trend appeared likely to continue, with States further increasing their military budgets amid heightened tension in some regions and signs of growing mistrust among certain major military powers.

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