UNODA Occasional Papers No. 33

United Nations Efforts to Reduce Military Expenditures - A Historical Overview

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This publication provides a historic overview of the efforts within the United Nations to reduce military spending. It examines how the discussions on reducing military budgets have evolved in disarmament forums over the last decades. This includes early efforts to pursue the reduction of military spending throughout the Cold War period as a distinct objective of general and complete disarmament, the emergence of efforts related to promoting transparency on military matters, and the various workstreams carried out under the banner of the relationship between disarmament and development.




The author is grateful for the initial research and drafting by Katherine Prizeman. Special thanks to Nora Allgaier for developing and coordinating renewed research within the United Nations on the relationship between military spending and economic and social development, as well as for her feedback and suggestions on the draft. Thanks are also owed to Rene Holbach for his assistance with research. Finally, the author expresses his gratitude to the individuals who reviewed and provided comments on the text, especially Randy Rydell and Daniël Prins as well as staff at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.


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