Since 1981, the United Nations Secretariat has received and archived data provided by Member States regarding their military expenditures, and compiled and issued such data in an annual report of the Secretary-General.
Reports of the Secretary-General on objective information on military matters, including transparency of military expenditures.
The General Assembly has regularly deliberated on the operation of the United Nations Report on Military Expenditures in the First Committee, and adopted resolutions entitled “Objective information on military matters, including transparency of military expenditures”.
General Assembly resolutions on objective information on military matters, including transparency of military expenditures.
From November 2010 to May 2011, a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) established by the Secretary-General undertook a review of the operation of the Standardized Instrument for Reporting Military Expenditures. The Group submitted to the Secretary-General a report containing a series of recommendations with a view to encouraging wider and more consistent participation by Member States. In 2011, the General Assembly endorsed the report of the GGE.
Report of the Group of Governmental Experts on the Operation and Further Development of the United Nations Standardized Instrument for Reporting Military Expenditures
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