Spending $1.7 trillion on weapons is "a moral outrage": UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Spending over a trillion of dollars on weapons in one year alone has been described by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as "a moral outrage".

The Secretary-General spoke at the General Assembly's High-level Forum on the Culture of Peace on Friday.

Mr. Ban said war causes the largest destruction but even in countries at peace, senseless violence takes too many lives.

The world, he added, spends almost twice as much on weapons in one day than the United Nations spends for its global mission of peace, human rights and development in one year.

"$1.7 trillion dollars was spent last year on weapons. That is an enormous cost to people who go to bed hungry, children who die because they lack clean water, farmers who cannot till land because it is polluted by mines. Economists call this an 'opportunity cost'. I call it a moral outrage."

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Mr. Ban said people intuitively understand that the world's scarce resources should be spent to help them flourish, not to fund weapons that cause more suffering.

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