UN Global Perspective: focus on military spending, torture and mental health services

Representatives from SIPRI and UNODA meet to discuss “World Military Spending: Trends and Implications” at UN headquarters in New York. Photo by Janie Cangelosi

Global military spending is at its highest since World War II 

Global military spending is the highest it's been since World War II, despite military spending cuts in the United States and Western Europe. That's according to Aude Fleurant, an expert at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI. The growth in spending is being driven largely by countries in Asia. Ms Fleurant spoke about SIPRI's research at a recent UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) meeting at UN headquarters in New York. Janie Cangelosi asked her to outline the worldwide trends in arms expenditure.

Photo: UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo

States “failing to help children survive torture”

States are not doing enough to help the recovery of children and families who’ve fled conflict and experienced torture and other ill-treatment, a UN event for victims of abuse has heard. Clinical psychologist Anette Carnemalm said in her home country of Sweden, which welcomed more than 160,000 mainly Syrian refugees in 2015, many families and children are still in shock after fleeing their homeland. Ms Carnemalm was speaking at an event in Geneva hosted by the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture (UNFVT). She spoke to Daniel Johnson.

Patients at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in Delhi, India. File Photo: WHO/P. Virot

Putting mental health services at the centre of the development agenda

Depression and anxiety are increasing worldwide and cost the global economy US$ 1 trillion each year, according to the UN. The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank are now joining forces to move mental health from the margins to the mainstream of the global development agenda. Ministers of finance together with development agencies have been meeting to discuss the overall benefits of investing more in mental health. WHO's Dr Shekhar Saxena is in Washington DC, presenting a study that looks into the economic benefits of making mental health treatment accessible for all. He spoke to Ana Carmo.

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