Ruth Leger Sivard, Economist Who Scrutinized Military Spending, Dies at 99

“…there is no global security. Governing authorities who expect to achieve it through military power and the suppression of protest have lost touch with reality and their own sense of humanity.”

“We are all involved. The money comes out of our pockets, and it may kill us.”

                              – Ruth Sivard

Ruth Leger Sivard, Dies at 99

Among the most important inspirations for the Global Campaign on Military Spending is Ruth Sivard’s annual report World Military and Social Expenditures, the first publicly available comparison of military and social spending by governments. Mrs. Sivard had been a high-ranking economist for the US State Department and the Arms Control and Disarmament Administration, though later resigned. She was able to find reliable sources for the detailed statistical information she published. Her work was internationally recognized by scholars and activists alike. In 2013 IPB Secretary-General Colin Archer wrote a letter to Ms Sivard to thank her for her pioneering work. See obituaries in Washington Post , New York Times, and Ms.Sivard’s website www.ruthsivard.com.

UN Finance for Development Conference in Addis: Still No Talk of Cutting Military Spending to Fund Development, but the Time Will Come

By Jakob von Uexkull

From 13 – 16 July 2015, six thousand representatives from politics, business and civil society attended the Third Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, to identify and mobilize resources for funding the Sustainable Development Goals and tackle poverty and climate change. As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are about to expire, many of them unfulfilled, a set of new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to be realized until 2030. Continue reading ->

 

GDAMS 2015 Final report is out !

Here is the Global Day of Action on Military Spending’s final report, highlighting the main actions that took place all over the world. Our partners organised 127 events in 20 countries including various campaigns on social media, a kite-flying event, a street meditation, a night light action, a blockade of military establishments, writing a poem, a video clip and others. This year’s Day of Action came at a time of increasing tensions in several regions, and signs of political pressure to spend more from the public purse on the military and to sell yet more weapons. At the same time governments and the UN are urging greater financial commitments both to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and to efforts to tackle the climate change crisis. The Day of Action was an opportunity to take stock of the facts and to explore what can be done at various levels.

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EU cannot give military responses to political problems

By Sabine Lösing

Three key reports have moved through parliament’s security and defence subcommittee which represent an alarming approach to problems facing the European Union.

First, there is the implementation of the common security and defence policy (CSDP) report by Arnaud Danjean. This report, along with other key debates in parliament, takes the form of a ‘military wish list’ ahead of this June’s council meeting.

These reports demand enhanced armament cooperation, including the pooling and sharing of resources. This approach fosters the further development of a military industrial complex and supports the merging of civilian and military research in order to use civilian capabilities for military purposes. Continue reading–>