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UN expert urges States to cut military spending and invest more in human development

On the occasion of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, the United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, calls upon all Governments to proactively inform the public about military expenditures and to justify them: “Every democracy must involve civil society in the process […]

UN Deputy SG criticises military spending

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson commented on global military spending on Monday, at the opening of the Disarmament Commission’s 2014 session: “We are justifiably shocked when we note and learn that global military spending in just one day is almost double the regular annual budget of the United Nations.  And we are frustrated and disappointed […]

Senator Ed Markey introduces the SANE Act during the PNND Assembly

Senator Ed Markey, Co-President of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) introduced a bill into the U.S. Senate on Friday 28 February, that would cut $100 billion over the next decade from the U.S. nuclear weapons budget. The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures, or “SANE” Act, is co-sponsored by Senator Jeff Merkley. Companion legislation […]

‘U.S. taxpayers can save about $100 billion over next 10 years’

A legislation is introduced by two champions of a safer and more secure world, Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Their bills — S. 2070, the Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act and H.R.4107, the Reduce Expenditures in Nuclear Infrastructure Now (REIN-IN) Act — would save U.S. taxpayers about $100 billion over ten years […]