Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Global military spending drops slightly, but not far enough

Global military spending drops slightly, but not far enough

Peace Movement Aotearoa

14 April 2014

According to figures released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) today, the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, world military expenditure totalled US$1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 % in real terms since 2012. However:

“The fall in the global total comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent”. - ‘Military spending continues to fall in the west but rises everywhere else, says SIPRI’, SIPRI, 14 April 2014.

The US is by far the world’s highest military spender - at US$640 billion last year, and:

“The next three highest spenders - China, Russia and Saudi Arabia - all made substantial increases, with Saudi Arabia leapfrogging the United Kingdom, Japan and France to become the world’s fourth largest military spender”. SIPRI, as above

In 2013, Africa had the largest relative rise in military spending of any region, by 8.3% to reach US$44.9 billion; in Latin America, military expenditure increased by 2.2% in real terms in 2013; and in the Middle East there was a 4% increase.

Military expenditure in Asia and Oceania increased by 3.6 per cent in 2013 - largely due to increased military spending by China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Australia. [1]

Australia is 13th on the list of states with the highest level of military expenditure last year, at US$24 billion. New Zealand’s military spending in the current financial year is more than NZ$3.26 billion.

The comparatively small drop in military expenditure last year took place in the context of overall spending cuts in the US and Europe in particular, and unfortunately does not mark a genuine shift away from excessive and wasteful military spending towards increased spending on meeting human needs.

Last year’s global military expenditure was, on average, almost US$4.8 billion every day. By way of contrast, an average of more than 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from mainly preventable causes - lack of access to adequate food, clean water and basic medicines. This is one of the prices paid, the collateral damage that is seldom talked about, for maintaining armed forces in a state of combat readiness around the world.

Government spending priorities, both global and national, are the focus of ‘Dollars and sense’ - this year’s public forum marking the Global Day of Action on Military Spending in Aotearoa New Zealand - with speakers from UNICEF NZ, the Living Wage Campaign, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services and Peace Movement Aotearoa covering spending on children’s wellbeing, a living wage for all workers, social spending, and military expenditure. ‘Dollars and sense’: from 1pm to 2pm, in the First floor conference room, St Andrew’s on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington. More details are available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/441466909320826

Links to more information:

• ‘Military spending continues to fall in the west but rises everywhere else, says SIPRI’, 14 April 2014, available at www.sipri.org and www.converge.org.nz/pma/sipri-release14.pdf

• SIPRI Factsheet ‘Trends in world military expenditure, 2013’, 14 April 2014, available at www.sipri.org and www.converge.org.nz/pma/sipri-facts2014.pdf

• Global Day of Action on Military Spending in Aotearoa New Zealand: information and event listings - www.converge.org.nz/pma/gdams.htm

• ‘Global military spending drops slightly, but not far enough’ - formatted for printing at www.converge.org.nz/pma/milspend2014.pdf - on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa/notes

Reference: [1] SIPRI Factsheet ‘Trends in world military expenditure, 2013’, 14 April 2014, available at www.sipri.org and www.converge.org.nz/pma/sipri-facts2014.pdf
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Campbell on: the local body election result in Wellington

For obvious reasons, politics is more of a big deal in the capital city than anywhere else in the country. Even so, fewer than four in ten eligible voters bothered to vote in Saturday’s local body elections in Wellington (turnout 39.66%).

Even less was felt to be at stake this time around than in 2016, when 45% of the electorate voted Justin Lester into the mayoralty.

To put it mildly, the Lester-led Council failed to live up to expectations. Lester will be remembered mainly for the fact that somehow, he managed to lose this election. . More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels