Matters of Scale - Who Dominates the World?

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Number of people employed by the United Nations
53589
Number of people employed at Disney World and Disney Land
50000
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Total budget of the United Nations in 1995-96 (two-year budget)
$18.2 billion
Revenue of a single U.S. arms manufacturer (Lockheed Martin) in 1995
$19.4 billion
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U.N. peacekeeping expenditures in 1995
$3.6 billion
World military spending in 1995
$767.0 billion
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Number of U.N. peacekeepers for every 150,000 people in the world
1
Number of soldiers in national armies for every 150,000 people in the world
650
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U.S. contribution to the U.N. budget, per capita
7
Norwegian contribution to the U.N. budget, per capita
65
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Number of U.S. troops serving in U.N. peacekeeping operations in 1994
965
Number of U.S. troops serving in international missions under U.S. command in 1994
86451
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Cost of the 1992 Earth Summit
$10 million
Cost of the 1994 Paris Air Show and Weapons Exhibition (U.S. portion)
$12 million
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Sources: U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, World Military Expenditures and Arms Transfers 1995; Michael Renner, "Peacekeeping Expenditures Level Off," in Lester R. Brown et. Al., Vital Signs 1996; Michael Renner, Remaking U.N. Peacekeeping: U.S. Policy and Real Reform, Briefing Paper 17 (Washington, D.C.: National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament, 1995); U.N. Department of Public Information. Compiled by Michael Renner.