Relationship between disarmament and development

There can be no development without peace and no peace without development, fields need to be mine-free to be productive. Neighborhoods safe from gun violence to see commerce flourish. Roads not blocked by armed groups to serve a country’s progress.

And it matters in what sectors a government invests.The UN Charter acknowledges the importance of establishing and maintaining international peace and security with “the least diversion for armaments of the world’s human and economic resources”.

Disarmament and development are intricately linked. That is even more the case since the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development added the reduction of illicit arms flows to the world’s core development agenda.