World "over-armed and peace under-funded" says UN deputy chief

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Jan Eliasson. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

The international community has been urged to make progress in pushing the disarmament agenda in a world that has been described as "over armed and peace under-funded."

The appeal was made by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson as the UN Disarmament Commission began its three-week session in New York on Monday.

Mr. Eliasson said the Commission is mandated to start what he called "a difficult but vitally needed process of rebuilding trust and confidence between member states"

"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 when we face difficulties achieving the Millennium Development Goals so important for millions and millions of people around the world because of lack of resources. As we all should realize, "the world is over-armed and peace is under-funded." (28")

Jan Eliasson urged participants to build on some positive developments that have occurred last year such as the signing and ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty.

He added that there is also growing global consensus on the existential consequences of the possible use of nuclear weapons.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

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