6/11/2012 - EOV Relation entre le désarmement et le développement.
Explanation of position by H.E. Joanne Adamson, Ambassador,
Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland to the Conference on Disarmament
on behalf of France and the United Kingdom
L.20 « Relationship between disarmament and development »
(New York, 6 November 2012)
I would like to deliver an explanation of vote on behalf of the United Kingdom and France on draft resolution L6 : “the relationship between disarmament and development”.
The United Kingdom and France have joined consensus on this resolution. We support the mainstreaming of disarmament issues in development policy, particularly in the field of conventional weapons, small arms and light weapons (SALW) and disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR).
That said, we feel it necessary to make our position clear on other aspects of this text :
The notion of a “symbiotic relationship” between disarmament and development appears questionable to us as the conditions conducive to disarmament are not necessarily dependent on development only, as seen with the growing military expenditure of the fastest developing countries. There is no automatic link between the two but rather a complex relationship that this notion does not accurately capture.
Moreover, the idea according to which military expenditure directly diverts funding from development requirements would need to be nuanced, as defence investments are also necessary to develop peacekeeping, improve response to natural disasters (airborne and maritime equipment) and, under certain conditions, favour stability.
Finally, we consider that the report of the Group of Governmental experts did not give sufficient credit to unilateral, bilateral and multilateral actions in disarmament and non-proliferation.
I thank you, Mr Chairman./.