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ABOUT CND


Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

CND campaigns non-violently to rid the world of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and to create genuine security for future generations.

AIM:

Change Government policies to ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Stimulate wide public debate on the need for alternatives both to the nuclear cycle and to military attempts to resolve conflict.
Empower people to engage actively in the political process and to work for a nuclear-free and peaceful future.
Co-operate with other groups in the UK and internationally to ensure the development of greater mutual security

CND is funded entirely by its members and supporters.

CND has national offices representing England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland; & local and regional groups located over the UK.
Works with other campaigning organisations such as the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) www.caat.org.uk/ (020 7281 0297) and the UK Working Group on Landmines. (Contact: 020 7281 6073) as well as anti-nuclear weapons campaigns abroad, including in particular France, India, Pakistan and the United States.

CND is part of Abolition 2000- a global network to eliminate nuclear weapons.
ABOLITION 2000: a network of over 2000 orgs in more than 90 countries world wide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.
The Mission : In April 1995, the 25-year-old Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was reviewed at the United Nations to evaluate whether it should be extended - they left the issue of nuclear abolition off the agenda. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from dozens of countries worldwide responded. This network aims at providing groups concerned with nuclear issues a forum for the exchange of information and the development of joint initiatives.

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To Read:

Eliminate nuclear weapons, a binding legal obligation
ZNet | Mideast
Imminent Crises: Threats and Opportunities

by Noam Chomsky; Monthly Review; June 27, 2007

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Global military spending hits $1.2 trillion: study
Mon Jun 11 2007, 11:13 AM ET

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Global military spending rose 3.5 percent last year to $1.2 trillion as U.S. costs for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan mounted, a European research body said on Monday in an annual study.

The United States spent $529 billion, slightly less than the entire GDP of the Netherlands, on military operations in 2006, up 5 percent over the previous year, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in its latest year book. "Taking both immediate and long-term factors into account, the overall past and future costs until year 2016 to the USA for the war in Iraq have been estimated at $2,267 billion," it said.

Military spending in China, which is modernizing its People's Liberation Army, climbed to an estimated $49.5 billion last year from $44.3 billion in 2005.
"China's military expenditure continued to increase rapidly, for the first time surpassing that of Japan and hence making China the biggest military spender in Asia and the fourth biggest in the world," the institute said.

The institute, which conducts independent research on international security, armaments and disarmament, said Japan cut military expenditure in 2006 for a fifth year running and was focusing its military budget primarily on missile defence.

China and Japan, Britain and France accounted for about 4 to 5 percent each of global military expenditure last year, SIPRI said. The five biggest spenders' share of global military expenses was nearly two-thirds of the total.

The United States and Russia were the largest arms suppliers in 2002 through 2006, each accounting for about 30 percent of global shipments, while deliveries from EU members made up another 20 percent, the institute said.
"Almost 50 percent more conventional weapons, by volume, were transferred internationally in 2006 than in 2002, according to data gathered by SIPRI," it added.
China and India remained the largest arms importers in the world, while five Middle Eastern countries figured among the top ten importers of arms globally.
"While much media attention was given to arms deliveries to

Iran, mainly from Russia, deliveries from the USA and European countries to

Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were significantly larger," the institute said.

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