Disarm and develop "win-win proposition"

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An ex-combatant holds up munitions in Attécoubé, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He participated in a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) operation conducted in the area by the UN mission, UNOCI. UN Photo/Patricia Esteve

Military disarmament has been described as a "win-win proposition" for those countries wishing to develop.

The United Nations Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order Alfred de Zayas has said that military spending could be reduced around the world.

He said that the money saved could be put towards education, health care, and the creation of employment in peaceful industries.

He added that increased spending in those areas would boost the post-2015 development agenda.

According to World Bank figures, military expenditure can amount to up to 40% of national budgets.

Mr de Zayas said governments should be transparent in publishing details of how much they spend so the public can participate in deciding budget priorities.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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