Peace Symposium speaker urges world to spend more on education, less on war

When former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias was eight years old, his country abolished its military and turned its focus instead to human rights and peace. Now, the Nobel Peace laureate believes the world can gain just as much by following his country’s example.
Speaking at the Rotary Peace Symposium on 4 June in São Paulo, Brazil, Arias recounted how his country traded in its tanks and heavy artillery to invest instead in economic reform and social justice.
“My country promised me, and all its children, that it would invest not in the weapons of our past, but in the tools of our future;…

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