September 16, 2019
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 In 2023-Reduction of Military Budgets

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Country: Gabon
Delegate Name: Reem Omran

Committee: Disarmament & International Security Committee (DISEC)
Topic: Reduction of Military Budgets
Country: Gabon
Delegate: Reem Omran, Forest Hills Northern High School
Gabon, a small country on the western coast of Central Africa, has long recognized stability and peace in the region. As a member of the United Nations and an active participant in international organizations, Gabon has always advocated world peace and security. In line with this commitment, Gabon firmly believes in the urgent need to reduce military budgets worldwide.
The issue of excessive military spending is one that affects not only developed nations but also developing countries like Gabon. The allocation of substantial financial resources towards defense undermines efforts to address pressing socio-economic challenges such as poverty alleviation, healthcare provision, and education enhancement. Moreover, it perpetuates an arms race mentality that fuels conflicts rather than resolving them.
Gabon recognizes the importance of national security; Nevertheless, Gabon firmly believes that lasting peace can only be achieved through diplomacy, dialogue and cooperation. By cutting military budgets around the world, governments can shift money to more productive areas such as infrastructure or social welfare programs. This redistribution will not only improve the quality of life for the residents, but will also promote local stability and economic development.
In conclusion, Gabon welcomes the importance of addressing excessive military expenditure as a means to sustainable peace and prosperity around the world. It urges all Member States to undertake efforts to disarmament as priority and the economy should not be directed towards the benefits of all mankind. Gabon hopes to create a safer world with prospering nations through cooperation.

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“World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers.” Google Books, The Agency, 1990,
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