Exactly 365 days from today will see the opening of the IPB’s world congress in Berlin: Disarm! For a climate of peace: creating an action agenda.
Our aim with this congress and the related events is to make the issue of public spending on the military more visible in the media and in political debates. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have just been agreed by the General Assembly. In December the world expects a bold agreement on climate change to be signed in Paris. Meanwhile the tide of refugees arriving in Europe shows no sign of slackening. All three issues require major commitments of public money. Where better to find these resources than from the military, which time after time shows it is incapable of solving international tensions and conflicts? Every year $1700 billion are spent on a system whose actions seem only to make crises worse.
Our planning process is fully on track: we have new partners, some distinguished speakers, and a whole series of preparatory events around the world. Funding is gradually coming in. Between now and the conference itself we shall celebrate our international cooperation in the Global Day of Action on Military Spending. This is scheduled to be held around mid-April 2016 (date to be confirmed soon), when the spending figures for 2015 will be announced. It’s not too soon to start planning now!
In the coming weeks we will issue a declaration for which we will be seeking as many organisational endorsements as possible.
If you are keen to support this initiative, or simply interested in what develops, please let us know. Write to us with your suggestions and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org, ‘like’ us on Facebook, circulate our materials vis social media, newsletters etc. Make sure the Congress is on your calendar. And if you would like to make a donation…go to the IPB website.