Reduce Military Spending

Global Fact Sheet

Global military spending levels have climbed back to the heights they reached during the Cold War. After dropping substantially during the early 1990s, total world military spending in 2009 had reached $1.53 trillion (SIPRI, 2010).

This colossal sum of money would be sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals five times over. It could be used to save lives, develop poor communities, protect the environment, to promote renewable energy sources and much more.

The government of the United States spends approximately $1 million every minute on military and war related costs.

The amount spent on French military equipment in one year would cover interventions directly aimed at achieving gender equality in low income countries for a whole year.

The amount the USA spends on military research and development in one year would be enough to cover interventions directly aimed at achieving gender equality in low income countries for five years.

Many more jobs

In the US, it has been found that each $1 billion of military expenditure created 8900 jobs, compared to 12,200 jobs for spending on clean energy, 14,000 jobs for health spending and 20,800 for education.

Almost 1 billion people are illiterate.

Comparisons between countries' GDP for health, education and the military:

Country Defense Education
Health
  Country Defense Education Health
Algeria 17 24 4 Italy
4
8 11
Australia 6 6 14 Japan
4
6 2
Brazil 3 6 6 Myanmar
29
8 3
Canada 6 2 1 Pakistan
18
1 1
China 12 2 0 Papua N Guinea
4
22 7
Congo , DRC 18 0 0 Philippines
5
19 2
France 6 7 16 Russia
12
3 1
Germany 5 0 19 Somalia
38
2 1
Greece 8 11 7 Sri Lanka
18
10 6
India 15 2 2 Sudan
28
8 1
Indonesia 3 4 1 Tunisia
5
20 6
Ireland 3 14 6 UK
7
4 15
Israel 20 15 13 Venezuela
6
21 6
IMF data as an average from 1992 until 2004.