November 17, 2021
General News

A New Environment for Humanity — Valdai Club

According to SIPRI, global defence spending in 2015 amounted to $1,676 billion. These funds are sufficient to yield the full implementation of the programme to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Let’s say programmes to eradicate poverty and hunger would account for 15% of this defence spending. The modernisation of power grids would take 11%, and education 12%. Health care and transport would cost 5% each. Even less would be needed to meet UN goals related to water and sanitation (3%), the ecosystem and biodiversity (2%), and agriculture and food security (4%).

These figures show how achievable the sustainable development goals would be if humanity, in its activities, was guided by the thesis that a major war in the 21st century is unthinkable. This is what the practice of world politics speaks to – in recent decades, the world has…

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