January 2018 Written Submission: Labour’s International Development Taskforce / Shaping a new international development policy
What would a world for the many, not the few, look like in 2030? Reaping the rewards from sensible and lower military spending budgets with savings redirected to meeting increased global social justice needs. The world would more fully understand that impact of runaway military spending on the development narrative is huge. It would recognise the fact that military spending is as every bit as central to understanding power, poverty, economic crises and unjust distribution of resources as other structural campaigns such as debt, trade, tax, climate change and most recently the ‘war on drugs’. By joining the ranks of debt cancellation, Robin Hood Tax and other tax related measures, military spending savings could be regarded as yet one more significant ‘new’ revenue stream, redirecting the funds captured to serving the needs of the global community (including SDGS).
June 2018 Written Submission National Policy Forum Submission (SDGS)
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Many of the Sustainable Development Goals are impacted by conflict. SDG 16 on peaceful societies needs to go much further than presently constituted. Sustainable development requires that global runaway military spending be regarded as an international development issue. The UK is one of the world’s biggest arms traders; it has one of the world’s largest defence budgets; it has a seat on all the major global institutions and is also widely recognised for its progressive int’l development policy – often led by effective civil society campaigns.
We argue that runaway global military spending must be regarded as an international development issue.