The Arms Race and Development
5 August 1983
The 22nd Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 31 July – 6 August, 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden:
Whereas development is a process of individual and social betterment of people by providing them with an improved quality of life in the fullest sense,
Whereas the right to development implies a respect of all human rights, economic, social, cultural, civil and political development process,
Whereas it is demonstrable that the arms race is a part of the larger issue of injustices in international economic relations, there being close links between disarmament and peace and the present crisis of development with a growing share of the world’s resources going toward armaments rather than basic needs such as foods, shelter, clothing, health care, etc.
It is hereby resolved that WILPF encourages all its members to study seriously the links between the arms race and the present crisis of development and recognize the need to eliminate the conflicts of war and injustices and understand the urgency to take steps to switch to a new type of development based on appropriate products and technology and on the conservation of resources.