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Practical Guide: Applying sustainable development to arms-transfer decisions

Practical Guide: Applying sustainable development to arms-transfer decisions
17 pages

Authors
Nightingale, Katherine

Publication date
01 Apr 2009

ISBN
9781848145498

Publisher
Oxfam International

Type
Technical briefing

The devastating impact of conflict, armed crime, and all forms of armed violence around the world is apparent for all to see. Armed violence closes schools, paralyses communities, burdens health-care systems, discourages investment and economic activity, and makes lives and livelihoods less secure. Spending on arms or arms races can divert vital funds from public services such as education and health care, and when such spending takes place without accountability and transparency, it can aggravate corruption. Individually and cumulatively, these impacts undermine sustainable development and the achievement of internationally-agreed targets such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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