According to April 2017 SIPRI data, and stimulated by the war on terrorism, military spending has continued to increase. The World’s military spending in 2016 amounted to USD 1686 billion compared to USD 1088 billion in 2001. The total military spending accounted for 2.2% of the global GDP in 2016, or USD 227 per person. The 15 largest spenders accounted for USD 1360 billion, which is the 81% of total global spending” in 2016.
However, official military spending data from many governments is usually lower than SIPRI data. This, as already mentioned, is in part due to the fact that most reports on military expenditure – including those in specialist publications – tend to simply report the defense budget of individual countries. The consequence is that we face a lack of reliability, transparency and democratic scrutiny of military expenditure data. This is true for all countries, including those having open political and parliamentary systems. But it is especially dramatic in authoritarian and autocratic regimes, in which access to military data is drastically limited.
The Cut Milex campaign aims at introducing the military spending debate in Parliaments, with several main messages:
– To reduce military spending while redirecting its funds to social needs, cooperation, conflict mediation and peace building.
– To increase transparency and avoid opacity in official data on exports and military and defense industry.
– To introduce criteria for addressing military spending in national budgets in a comprehensive and rigorous way.
– To ensure that arms programs are audited and controlled by the nation’s Parliament.
Please visit the specific Cut Milex webpages:
- Objectives of the Cut Milex Campaign
- Cut Milex Material
- Cut Milex Events and News
- What is Military Spending?
More than ever, we need new partners to work on the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GCOMS), to be active on lobbying politicians, and to ensure that the Cut Milex campaign becomes a great success!
The 2017 Cut Milex campaign will run together with the United Nations disarmament week from 24-30 October 2017. The annual Disarmament Week was first requested in the Final Document of the General Assembly’s 1978 special session on disarmament. The document called for abandoning the use of force in international relations and seeking security in disarmament. States were invited to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate the need for its cessation and increase public understanding of the urgent tasks of disarmament. Afterwards, in 1995, the General Assembly invited governments, as well as NGOs, to continue taking an active part in Disarmament Week in order to promote a better understanding among the public of disarmament issues.