The United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs made a statement on the occasion of GDAMS in support of our efforts to demilitarize for development.
“In her message to mark the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, highlighted the vast hidden human cost of excessive military spending, pointing out that massive military expenditures deprive the world of the resources required to address global challenges such as climate change, food security, natural and man-made disasters and global epidemics.”
This is a huge deal for us. The UN is currently undertaking important work on a number of international treaties such as the Arms Trade Treaty, which will be negotiated this July. We need to monitor their work and make sure we stay organized so that governments around the world sign on to the treaty, make it binding, and put pressure on the arms industry and the profiteers of war ending wasteful conflicts to fund human needs.
See the report from the UN News Service here.