The pressure for change is rising…that was the conclusion drawn at the end of the fourth edition of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS), held on 14-15 April 2014. This year’s programme featured around 158 actions in 57 cities/towns in 34 countries (as of last count), including an extraordinary range of imaginative events: from rallies and distribution of flyers, to petitions, to ‘penny polls’ and other variations, to selfies and twitter campaigns, to tree-planting, sea actions, infographics, and much more. The events were held in a rural village in Rajasthan, in an urban settlement area in Manila, in a school in Canada, in a boat in the Suez Canal, at rapid transit stations in California, at the parliament office in Kenya, and in a Roman stadium in Italy, in social media…. and many other locations. Read the full report
Message from the Coordinators: Many thanks for joining the GDAMS global movement by organising and participating in so many actions all over the world to persuade governments to cut military spending and move the money to urgent human needs. All of your efforts and support are much appreciated! Below are the events as they happened in each region:
International | Africa | Asia and Pacific | Europe | Latin America | North America
Here at IPB, we have also been busy adding our voices to yours. On 14 April, we organised a seminar in Geneva which attracted the participation of many NGO representatives and others. The goal was to draw attention to the latest statistics released by SIPRI and to discuss ways to take action in order to favour the reallocation of military expenditures to social and environmental programmes.
- Michael Møller, Acting Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Acting Director-General UN Office at Geneva
- Colin Archer, Secretary-General, International Peace Bureau, and Coordinator, Global Day of Action on Military Spending
- Prof. Alfred de Zayas, UN Human Rights Council Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
- Helen Wilandh, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI (see powerpoint)
Moderator: Jarmo Sareva, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament and Director, Office for Disarmament Affairs, Geneva Branch
The IPB GDAMS team had launched a selfie, an online survey and a Thunderclap campaigns to create public awareness about how the money spent in global military budget could be reallocated to various human needs. Through these, we were able to hear people’s sentiments on what social good they want to channel the military costs to.