The European Union has unveiled one of its biggest-ever defense research plans in a bid to reverse billions of euros in cuts. The announcement on Wednesday of a European Defence Action Plan is also partly designed to send a message to Donald Trump that Europe wants to pay for its own security….Meanwhile, campaigners from the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT) have been campaigning hard to stop it. See SUMMARY. They make the point that with an annual total budget of EUR 217.5 billion for all EU Member States in 2015, the EU is ranking second in the world in terms of military expenditure; to claim that more money is needed to guarantee European security does not make sense. See PRESS RELEASE. You can also read the EC Press release for the “official information” about the Action Plan.
On 11 November 2016, as part of the Geneva Peace Week, IPB held a Round Table discussion in Geneva entitled: “Moving the Military Money: to climate, development, humanitarian action and peacemaking”. At this meeting 4 presentations were made on how to secure additional funding for vital social programmes by reducing the financial and intellectual resources devoted to the military system. By clicking on the links below, you can access some very interesting material from the Round Table discussion, so make sure to take a look!
Colin Archer, IPB Secretary-General: Introduction to the Global Campaign on Military Spending
Zhanar S. Aitzhanova, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kazakhstan: The 1% plan
Arielle Denis, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons: Nuclear weapons budgets
Dave Webb, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility: Scientific research supporting militarism
On September 6, 2016, during the closure of the Defence Summer University in Paris, army generals and policymakers (including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence) called for a quick and significant augmentation of the annual military budget from 31.6 billion in 2016 to 41 billion in 2020 (31% increase). The idea is to double nuclear weapons expenditures in order to renew the nuclear submarine fleet.
The French Peace Movement is circulating a petition against this additional spending. You can find more information and sign the petition HERE (in French).
24 October 2016. Over the next 10 years, governments will spend a staggering $1 trillion on nuclear weapons globally. That’s $100 billion annually. Against the backdrop of increasing austerity and cuts in social spending, such allocations appear not only exorbitant, but also counter to the economic and social needs of the nuclear-armed States. Anti-nuclear activists and other civil society leaders need to join forces with progressive legislators and anti-nuclear governments to reduce the lobbying power of the nuclear weapons corporations, and to ‘move the nuclear money’ to social and environmental programs. This handbook provides ideas, examples and resources for legislators and civil society in order to realise this aim. It focuses primarily on national/federal legislators, who decide on national budgets, but also includes resources for working with legislators at local and regional levels, and with other key institutions, such as banks and investment companies.
To get access to the full handbook with all its interesting facts and figures – just click HERE.
The press release is available HERE.
The Board of the International Peace Bureau is pleased to announce that the Sean MacBride Peace Prize will be awarded this year to the IPB Secretary‐ General Colin Archer, who since 1990 has served the organization with outstanding commitment and competence. Colin Archer, who will retire next year and return home from Geneva to the UK, has spared no efforts over the last 26 years in the service of peace and of the IPB community in particular…